You Are the Quarry

Morrissey - You Are the Quarry
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2004 Ratings: #168 / 398
User Score
Based on 103 ratings
2004 Ratings: #56
Liked by 6 people
May 17, 2004 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jerry Finn / Producer
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The most entertaining and lushly melodic work of Morrissey's solo career.

It's not so much a return to form as it is a simple return, Morrissey picking up where he left off with Maladjusted, improving on that likeable album with a stronger set of songs and more muscular music.

Drowned in Sound
‘You Are The Quarry’ sees Morrissey back in the ring, lean, limber and fighting fit.
No Ripcord

At times the arrangements just don't cut it.

Tiny Mix Tapes

You Are The Quarry is a fantastic record for Morrissey fans, including myself. But for others who haven't listened or ever been exposed to his work, Quarry wouldn't be the album I'd recommend from his discography.

Rolling Stone
He submits a dozen songs to crystalline modern engineering and arrangements that place selective bits of mandolin, flute, harp and synthesizer in guitar-and-rhythm grooves, moving forward without losing his identity.
The Guardian

Just when he seems more relevant than ever, Morrissey has somehow contrived to make an album that sounds incredibly dated.

Believe or not, Morrissey grabbed a machine gun and here he is, determined to shoot the hypothetical quarry with his best album in many, many years, so strong and so assertive that it will deprive you from your safety.
After 7 years running away from everything except from himself, Moz comes back with vitality, strength and sarcasm on this masterpiece. He talks about everything, from politics and racism (America Is Not The World, Irish Blood, English Heart) to religion (I Have Forgiven Jesus) and friendship (First Of The Gang To Die) but he focus on what he does best - losses, heartbreak and regret, lyrically powerful and open to tell the world what he had been feeling - at his best metaphorical style and ... read more
The best Morrissey solo album (and better than half of The Smiths' discography)
America Is Not the World ~ ★★★★☆
Irish Blood, English Heart ~ ★★★★☆
I Have Forgiven Jesus ~ ★★★★★
Come Back to Camden ~ ★★★★★
I'm Not Sorry ~ ★★★★☆
The World Is Full of Crashing Bores ~ ★★★★☆
How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel? ~ ★★★☆☆
First of the Gang to Die ~ ★★★★★
Let Me Kiss You ~ ★★★★★
All the Lazy Dykes ~ ★★★★★
I Like You ~ ★★★★★
You Know I Couldn't Last ~ ★★★★☆
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Track List

  1. America Is Not the World
  2. Irish Blood, English Heart
  3. I Have Forgiven Jesus
  4. Come Back to Camden
  5. I'm Not Sorry
  6. The World Is Full of Crashing Bores
  7. How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?
  8. First of the Gang to Die
  9. Let Me Kiss You
  10. All the Lazy Dykes
  11. I Like You
  12. You Know I Couldn't Last

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Added on: April 14, 2013