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.