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Released just months after The Smiths’ debut album, this collection of non-LP B-sides and singles finds Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr brilliantly blending deceptively simple motifs with literate, trenchant lyrics. From the anthemic art-pop of “How Soon Is Now?” to the cockeyed, quasi-R&B of “This Night Has Opened My Eyes,” every song here is hummable and melancholic in equal measure. Unquenchable yearning on “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want,” the ironic narcissism of “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”—the moods and themes gel effortlessly too.

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The best Smiths album.

The Smiths lineup solidified autumn 1982. By May of 1983 they were great, as you can tell by listening to the astonishing Peel Sessions tracks. Skip the first studio album entirely and favor this collection. These versions showcase not just the personality of the singer but the fantastic band working together brilliantly.

Love The Smiths!

Put everything down & listen to this!

Handsome Devil

Wow!! Best song ever

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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