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.