You Are the Quarry

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You Are the Quarry
Studio album by Morrissey
Released 17 May 2004
Recorded 2003
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock
Length 47:20
Label Sanctuary/Attack
Producer Jerry Finn
Morrissey chronology
Maladjusted
(1997)
You Are the Quarry
(2004)
Ringleader of the Tormentors
(2006)
Singles from You Are the Quarry
  1. "Irish Blood, English Heart"
    Released: 10 May 2004
  2. "First of the Gang to Die"
    Released: 12 July 2004
  3. "Let Me Kiss You"
    Released: 11 October 2004
  4. "I Have Forgiven Jesus"
    Released: 13 December 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Blender 4/5 stars
NME (8/10)[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.9/10)[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars

You Are the Quarry is the seventh studio album by Morrissey. It was released on 17 May 2004 by Attack Records.

Reception[edit]

The first single "Irish Blood, English Heart" became his highest charting single in the UK at #3 and received significant airplay in the US, going to #36 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album charted at #2 in the UK, held off the top spot by Keane's debut album, which prompted Morrissey to joke in concert at the time, "With regard to the album You Are the Quarry, if your name is Keane then you better leave now." It became Morrissey's highest charting album in the US, reaching #11.

Nancy Sinatra recorded a version of "Let Me Kiss You", which was released as a single which performed well on the UK Singles Chart, prior to Morrissey's own single release of the song.

Alternate editions[edit]

In October 2004, Attack repackaged and reissued You Are the Quarry as a two-disc deluxe edition with a DVD second disc. The second disc collected the nine B-sides from the album's first three singles, as well as music videos and live TV performances from the record, including Morrissey's live performances on American TV show, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.

Some versions of the packaging do not show the full frame on the cover, but only a crop of Morrissey's face, cropping out the machine gun.

Tracklist[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "America Is Not the World"   Morrissey/Alain Whyte 4:03
2. "Irish Blood, English Heart"   Morrissey/Whyte 2:37
3. "I Have Forgiven Jesus"   Morrissey/Whyte 3:41
4. "Come Back to Camden"   Morrissey/Boz Boorer 4:14
5. "I'm Not Sorry"   Morrissey/Boorer 4:41
6. "The World Is Full of Crashing Bores"   Morrissey/Boorer 3:51
7. "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?"   Morrissey/Whyte 3:25
8. "First of the Gang to Die"   Morrissey/Whyte 3:38
9. "Let Me Kiss You"   Morrissey/Whyte 3:30
10. "All the Lazy Dykes"   Morrissey/Whyte 3:31
11. "I Like You"   Morrissey/Boorer 4:11
12. "You Know I Couldn't Last"   Morrissey/Whyte/Gary Day 5:51

Deluxe edition bonus disc[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Don't Make Fun of Daddy's Voice"   Morrissey/Whyte 2:53
2. "It's Hard to Walk Tall When You're Small"   Morrissey/Whyte 3:32
3. "Teenage Dad on His Estate"   Morrissey/Whyte 4:08
4. "Munich Air Disaster 1958"   Morrissey/Whyte 2:30
5. "Friday Mourning"   Morrissey/Whyte 4:08
6. "The Never-Played Symphonies"   Morrissey/Whyte 3:03
7. "My Life Is a Succession of People Saying Goodbye"   Morrissey/Whyte 2:55
8. "I Am Two People"   Morrissey/Whyte 3:55
9. "Mexico"   Morrissey/Boorer/Day 4:06

DVD[edit]

  1. "Irish Blood, English Heart" (Promotional video)
  2. "First of the Gang to Die" (Promotional video)
  3. "First of the Gang to Die" (22 July 2004 from The Late Late Show)
  4. "I Have Forgiven Jesus" (22 July 2004 from The Late Late Show)
  5. "Let Me Kiss You" (22 July 2004 from The Late Late Show)

Singles[edit]

  1. "It's Hard to Walk Tall When You're Small" (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. "Munich Air Disaster 1958" (Morrissey/Whyte)
  3. "The Never-Played Symphonies" (Morrissey/Whyte)
  1. "My Life Is a Succession of People Saying Goodbye" (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. "Teenage Dad on His Estate" (Morrissey/Whyte)
  3. "Mexico" (Morrissey/Boorer/Day)
  1. "Friday Mourning" (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. "I Am Two People" (Morrissey/Whyte)
  3. "Don't Make Fun of Daddy's Voice" (Morrissey/Whyte)
  1. "No One Can Hold a Candle to You" (Maker)
  2. "The Slum Mums" (Morrissey/Boorer/Day)
  3. "The Public Image" (Morrissey/Boorer)

Musicians[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • You Are the Quarry is the first Morrissey album that does not enclose the title in quotation marks on the cover.
  • The song "I Like You" appeared on Bizarre Creations' Project Gotham Racing 3 for the Xbox 360.
  • The cover photo features Morrissey brandishing a Thompson submachine gun.
  • "America Is Not the World" appears in the 2007 film Mama's Boy, starring John Heder and Anna Faris.
  • Irish artist Christy Moore covered "America Is Not the World" with Declan Sinnott during his 2006 concert at the Point, Dublin, now known as the O2. A recording of this version may be found on the CD recording of the concert; Christy Moore: Live at the Point 2006 under the altered title of "America, You Are Not the World".
  • "Irish Blood, English Heart" is included in the soundtrack to FIFA Football 2005.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ NME review
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review