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  • Audio CD (March 17 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B000002L7J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
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1. The Headmaster Ritual
2. Rusholme Ruffians
3. I Want The One I Can't Have
4. What She Said
5. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
6. How Soon Is Now?
7. Nowhere Fast
8. Well I Wonder
9. Barbarism Begins At Home
10. Meat Is Murder

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Singer Morrissey's brittle wit and guitarist Johnny Marr's incisive guitar helped make the Smiths create both an entranced cult following and pop music of the highest order. The U.S. edition of the band's second album includes the bonus single "How Soon Is Now?" and while it's a welcome addition, the rest of the tracks stand ably on their own. The militant vegetarianism is heavy-handed, but the sly humor of "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" and "I Want the One I Can't Have" present proof of the band's scope, as do the anthemic "The Headmaster Ritual" and "Rusholme Ruffians." --Rob O'Connor

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Format: Audio CD
"Meat is Murder" is the perfect second album since it considerably expands the Smiths musical scope(now embracing experiments with rockabilly-"Rusholme Ruffians" and haunting dirges-"How soon is now?)"while retaining the quirkiness that made them the most vital band of the 80's.
As most would agree the Smiths are an adquired taste and Morrissey's voice is likely either to repel or eternally charm you.All things considered"Meat is Murder" is arguably the second best Smiths album,falling slightly short of the undeniable masterpiece"The Queen is Dead".
The album is by far more consistent and better balanced than their debut with the addition of boasting a handful of their best songs ever-from the vitriol of "The Headmaster's Ritual"to the phantasmagoric"How soon is now?",the fast pace and quintessential Morrissey of"Nowhere Fast"("And when I'm lying in my bed I think about life and I think about death and neither particularly appeals to me")or the underheralded gem"That Joke isn't funny anymore"which should be subject of study by every guitarist of the alternative realm.
Outstanding throughout.If you've already liked some other Smiths recording or are interested in 80's indie pop(R.E.M.,Lloyd Cole,Orange Juice,Feelies,...) you can't go wrong with this one.
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Not widely considered to be the band's best but it does contain their biggest hit, "How Soon Is Now?". MIM contains the perfect mix of Smiths' style songs including both fast and slow, fun and political. I remember back in the 80's when 'Spin Magazine' had "How Soon Is Now?" ranked as the best single of all time. I also remember thinking, "You know, that isn't even one of my favorite Smiths' songs." Actually not even my fave from this album. To me HSIN had great lyrics and a cool sound but was generally not very Smiths-like. The song lacked the rawness and edge of their other material due to its high-gloss production... precisely NOT the point of the band. Still it's a wonderful song with a catchy, highly original melody and Mozz' sharp wit.
I've always been partial to the underappreciated songs from this album. The haunting "Well I Wonder" is dreamy and melancholy declaring "This is the fierce last stand of all I am." "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" is simply brilliant as we watch the knife of past words turn sharply against the protagonist. "What She Said" speeds up the pace but remains downbeat lyrically with its angst and sarcastic humor; Marr delivers an understated but excellent performance. On "I Want the One I Can't Have" the singer laments his inability to hide his emotions or capture the subject of his desire. And in "Nowhere Fast" Morrissey questions whether he has the capacity to experience life or emotionally progress at all (hence the name).
The title track is often clasified as over-the-top and may be many people's least favorite from this collection of songs. I beg to differ. Morrissey is entitled to his opinion on us meateaters and I have no issue with that.
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By rudy on Oct. 17 2003
Format: Audio CD
There is talented artists. What made Smiths so strong, the fact that they were not talented at all. They "are" Genius. Johnny Marr is a genius: he understood what was a good record. So it's a kind of an intellectual work. He created a unic style bsaed on country/rockabilly/jinglejangle/rocknroll and he ended-up sounding like no one. Doing things as Spector would have done them, he did real Art. Morrissey is a Great Genius: he read so that his brain became fulfilled with too much knowledge. That made him write ultra-brilliant words, and like he said, words that have never been said before. And his voice... he's a Crooner, a fun-one, mocking and having fun about his vocal. A strong Orbsion/Presley/Sinatra impression. With some Klaus Nomi behind all this, while he sometimes took Nico on his side. With Oscar Wilde in his mentality. Meat Is Murder: Perfect Pop emulation; "Well I Wonder" is a meditating song based on the 60's wondering-song style, "I Want The One I Can't Have" with its happy-joyful-rocky-melody and the delicious piece of solo in the middle, while Morrissey's singing: These are the riches of the poor.
This album is an Eternal Pop Classic.
100 out of 5.
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On the second proper LP from the Smiths, Morrissey makes no attempt to conceal his disdain for carnivores on the chilling title track. Dramatic and over-the-top, it takes vegetarianism to fanatic heights. Once you've read the lyrics, you'll be sorry you ever made that drive-through at McDonald's. Elsewhere, Morrissey and Marr create strokes of brilliance on "Meat is Murder." Here, the singer glides through unrequited love ("I Want the One I Can't Have"), isolation ("How Soon is Now," which appears on the American version), and child abuse ("Barbarism Begins at Home"). Nobody does self-pity like Morrissey. Sample lyric: "when I lay in bed at night/ I think about death and I think about life/ and neither one/ particularly appeals to me." And Johny Marr's melodies are always strong and on-point, adding urgency to Morrissey's thoughtful and eloquent lyrics. Morrissey cries, "That joke isn't funny anymore." But we're not laughing. "Meat is Murder" is a blazingly good album that's just one of the few entries in the band's stellar catalog of brilliant British pop.
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