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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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.
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.Read more ›
This album is an Eternal Pop Classic.
100 out of 5.
Most recent customer reviews
first and last it is all about the city from joy division,happy monday`s,the smith,oasis,elbow,doves all mancunians to the bone that is why i say stop the madness manchester is the... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2006 by tuco
I can't really say this is better or worse than any other "Smiths" album, because I find them all to be very good. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by H3@+h
Smiths - Morrissey: let me give you the conclusion that took me 18 years to arrive at. Besides the song Meat is Murder, Morrissey doesn't have a bad song is his catalog. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Mozz Listener
I think this album is really really good. A lot of the songs say things which are in my humble opinion critically important to humanity. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by Sven Oxtoby
Not even How Soon is Now is on the same level as the band's best work. The song just drags on forever. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by SRS
I love the Smiths and have all of their albums but this CD is their worst!! Sounds like a poor or rushed effort. All clickers save for How Soon Is Now. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2004
What's the best thing about this album? Besides the music? Besides the atmosphere and the time and the culture it so perfectly evokes? Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by fml66
I remember the first time I heard Meat is Murder. I was back from college back in rural Iowa on a country road watching the thunder. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003 by B H
Actually, I've only listened to the record. (My parents have a ZILLION old records, just to listen to, not even to collect.) For that matter I've only heard one side of the record. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2003