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The Sound of The Smiths

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Over four years, from 1983 to 1987, the Smiths produced an enduring catalog that included four studio albums and a slew of singles and b-sides often collected on a variety of compilation albums. This 2008 collection, overseen by Morrissey and Johnny Marr, collects 23 tracks in its “single-disc” edition and an additional 22 tracks, including B-sides, exclusive 12-inch releases and live recordings (for the “two-disc” expanded version). Taken either way, it’s an embarrassment of riches, as Johnny Marr’s lyrical guitar riffs supply the empathetic poetry necessary to support Morrissey’s emotionally charged lyrical concerns. From shameless self-pity to rampant narcissism, unrelieved sorrow to bursts of temporary joy, the Smiths took adolescence and channeled its hormonal wildness into gorgeous pop songs. The two-minute nightclub apocalypse of “Panic”, the wallflower ennui of “Ask,” and the sublime damp futures of “William, It Was Really Nothing” and “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” highlight the flow of The Smiths’ unrelenting single releases, while the majesty of such b-sides as “Half A Person,” “Girl Afraid,” and the live versions of “Meat is Murder” and “London,” attest to the group’s fully formed strengths.

Customer Reviews

Amazing album

This album is absolutely amazing

True quality

This will make you a devout disciple of there pope of mope.

There's better places to start, but this isn't terrible

Honestly, I gave this five stars because it contains some of the best music the 80's produced, but this isn't the best place to start with the Smiths. Start with Hatful of Hollow, The Queen Is Dead, and Louder Than Bombs, and then round out your introductory selections with this. It contains all the essential singles and some other decent tracks as well, though you will by now have noticed there is a ton of overlap in the songs that are on each album. That's alright, because if you truly enjoy the Smiths you won't mind hearing those songs as they are the creme de la creme of Smiths songs.

Biography

Formed: 1982 in Manchester, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

The Smiths were the definitive British indie rock band of the '80s, marking the end of synth-driven new wave and the beginning of the guitar rock that dominated English rock into the '90s. Sonically, the group was indebted to the British Invasion, crafting ringing, melodic three-minute pop singles, even for their album tracks. But their scope was far broader than that of a revivalist band. The group's core members, vocalist Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, were obsessive rock fans inspired by...
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