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Sleeping Dogs.

Though it could be argued nowadays that anybody who shows an appreciation of The Smiths is worthy of praise, it could also be said that anybody who does so would realise that to imitate or cover such an iconic band is being misguided. What is presented here is a mixture of near-as-makes-no-difference carbon copies of the original songs, or complete and in many cases entirely inappropriate reworkings of songs that really do not need reworking. The problem with a near-as-makes-no-difference carbon copy such as Loomer's (and I wish this band no particular ill-feeling) cover of Death Of A Disco Dancer is that when compared to the original recording, nothing is added to it. The only observation to take away is that this band band can, if they wish, sound like The Smiths. The problem is that The Smiths already sound like The Smiths and this renders the Loomer version entirely pointless, since (sorry to labour the point), The Smiths sound better. Preview these songs and you will see that Loomer are not the only culprits. The other mistake that has been made is to change the original song beyond all recognition as in (again they are not the only ones) The AmeriCar Underworld's cover of Handsome Devil. These songs were written in a particular style which, while open to interpretation, cannot simply be played entirely differently as to do so renders them meaningless. The AmeriCar Underworld's reassuringly raw style could surely be put to better purpose than this. Quarantine's version of Shoplifters Of The World Unite falls into the same category: Good band with distinctive sound wasted on utterly pointless cover version. A cynic would say that the only thing that song has added to is the band bank account, which puts them in the same musical league as The Mike Flowers Pops. Congratulations guys. For half-decent cover versions of Smiths songs, if you really must, see: Your Code Name Is Milo's version of Death Of A Disco Dancer, Girlfriend In A Coma by Million Dead, Billy Bragg's version Of Jeane, and Supergrass' near-as-dammit rendition of Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others. Otherwise, please God spend your money on the original songs. They will change your life.

Couple of half-good tracks, and a couple isn't enough.

If you're going to do a cover version, it's got to be equal or better than the original, otherwise all you're doing is saying 'I really like this song'. These dogs don't hunt. Now if someone were disrespectful enough to create bosh versions of these songs, in the style of Abbacadabra, I might be intrigued - but this crowd just seem to be confirming the cliche that there's nobody more boring than someone whose genre is 'alternative'.

Better than other cover albums

A sloppy album but I guess its always going to be hard to emulate an extremely musically competent band such as The Smiths. If anything download What Difference Does It Make by Vampire Slayers, a decent cover bringing a newer dimension to the song. Otherwise a lot of the artists don't seem to capture what makes the Marr/Morrissey so special

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