Morrissey returned from seven tests of silence in 2004 with You Are The Quarry. It opens with the shimmering keyboards of America Is Not The World. Morrissey is on fine voice here, and indeed across the album.
The album got a preview in the shape of barnstorming single Irish Blood, English Heart. It's a fine song in its own right, fitting in well into the (long) catalogue. The whole album is a succession of strong songs. I Have Forgiven Jesus sees Morrissey sing with real passion and feeling over Boz Boorer's subtle bed of guitars. A Morrissey album wouldn't be a Morrissey album without quotable lyrics. On I'm Not Sorry he confesses: "the woman of my dreams, there never was one."
He truly has a way with a songtitle, but the good news here is that The World Is Full of Crashing Bores, How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel etc measure up to those titles. First of the Gang To Die is a proper, swooning, singalong anthem to file alongside Everyday Is Like Sunday and even There Is A Light?? Let Me Kiss You features jangly guitar from Boorer and Alain Whyte and à classic self-deprecating chorus: "close your eyes and think of someone you physically admire".
At times the Jerry Finn's production can get a bit much, classic pop song I Like You nearly drowns under a sea of bleeps. You Know I Couldn't Last feels like a seventies era David Bowie album closer, a fine cocktail of keyboards and descending guitar riffs, ending a great collection of songs.