Morrissey Ringleader of the Tormentors (Attack) If Morrissey ever finds himself back in court on a charge more damning than ripping off his band mates (found guilty as charged in 1996), his lawyer should claim that the 46-year-old singer suffers from a narcissistic personality disorder. Such a defence has occasionally succeeded as a get-out-of-jail card, and if questioned about the veracity of such a claim, Ringleader of the Tormentors could be presented as exhibit A, in which the first person is used on no less than eight of the album's dozen song titles. This is just as excruciatingly self-absorbed as 2004's You Are the Quarry, but it does have its moments. You Have Killed Me has the famously gloomy Mancunian crooning over a tune whose heritage is more Abba than Manchester rain, and is a worthy first single. And there are flashes of the engaging Morrissey of the 1990s, notably in The Youngest Was the Most Loved. The subject becomes, naturally enough here in Morrissey-world, a homicidal maniac - an outcome defended by the chorus (bleated by a children's choir): 'There is no such thing in life as normal'. Well that's OK, then. This particular narrative ends with Morrissey going bonkers - yodelling as if he's auditioning to be the frontman of a Smiths tribute band. Good stuff, briefly, before a long stretch of forgettable filler. Sound-wise, Ringleader rocks, thanks to the fine work of producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex). The cover art hints strongly at self-parody, but it's hard to find any humour here that's not mean-spirited or worrying. The nadir is the nasty The Father Who Must Be Killed.