It's that simple...Ringleader is so much better of an album. It's the album we've all been waiting for! I can't believe it's actually this god damn good. I can't wait to buy the cd because the music is so layered that I'm looking forward to a better quality recording than the Amazon mp3s.
Itís actually a summary of the Morrissey music of old and his major influences. You can hear the Bowie in this album (production). At times, thereís the hint of early Morrissey (the childrenís voices and the topic of weathered children). Dare I say, you can even hear the flash of Marr tucked in to the sound?
Ringleader actually reminds me most of Meat is Murder as an album. It makes a statement, takes some risks. Iíll give you this, there isnít a How Soon Is Now on the disc, but there are many good tracks.
And I think this album will be fantastic live, where the guitars will surely stand out more. I canít wait to see what trouble Boz and the gang get into.
Let me give you an example of what I'm talking about:
On the Streets I Ran...starts of with "A working class face stared back at me..." (Check one, interesting story, interesting lyrics--not Roy's Keane!)
Before the second verse...interesting, buzz friendly riff. It caught me off guard when I first heard it because I was expecting a straight away droll song. (Check two, interesting music)
And the song...it uncovers more about Morrissey, but still the mystery remains (Check three, the Morrissey of old)