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Meat Is Murder


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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  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,979 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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By Tezcatlipoca on July 15 2004
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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By H3@+h on July 6 2004
Format: Audio CD
I can't really say this is better or worse than any other "Smiths" album, because I find them all to be very good. So, I guess this would be your typical "Smiths" disc, with many excellent songs, and some not-quite-so excellent songs. Their most well known track "How Soon Is Now?" is on here, but I don't see that as a huge plus since I feel it's been overplayed through the years. "Headmaster Ritual" is a great track, and a good start to the album. "Barbarism Begins At Home" has some catchy bass, and I think "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" is probably the best song included here. Overall, I suppose I'd actually suggest "Louder Than Bombs", "The Queen Is Dead", or even "Strangeways, Here We Come" before "Meat Is Murder", but it's still a very good album, and goes great with a juicy burger.
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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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Format: Audio CD
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. I used to think "Kill Uncle" (by Morrissey) was a lame album and that "Maladjusted" was worse. I traded in both cd's only to buy them back years later. It is a disservice to judge The Smiths and Morrissey album by album, this one is more sorrowful, this one has the right mix of angst, self-indulgence, wit, blah, blah, blah. Stick all the songs on MP3 format and press random: it is sonic Heaven and Hell. Morrissey IS the Mozart of our time, he will die as a blip on the musical scene with most people drawing a blank stare at the mention of "How Soon is Now." Oh wait, didn't he write the theme song for "Charmed."
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Format: Audio CD
Not even How Soon is Now is on the same level as the band's best work. The song just drags on forever. Well I Wonder is along the lines of I Know It's Over from the Queen is Dead, but not as good.
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By fml66 on Jan. 4 2004
Format: Audio CD
What's the best thing about this album? Besides the music? Besides the atmosphere and the time and the culture it so perfectly evokes? Besides the occasional overwroughtness and the occasional clumsy moves? It's that none of the current 80s revival bands (Strokes, Interpol, Rapture, etc.) would dare to try to duplicate this sound or this feel. And that's the mark of a great album.
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