The Smiths were one of the U.K.'s brightest pop acts of the '80s, with singer Morrissey setting his witty and emotionally honest lyrics against Johnny Marr's serpentine, arpeggiated guitar lines. This tribute smartly avoids trying to mimic the band's singular charm, aiming to redefine the songs as if they'd always been part of each performer's catalog. Trespassers William slow down "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" until it purrs with sweetness. Solvents turn "Is It Really So Strange" into a campfire clap-along. Elk City interprets "I Know It's Over" as a skipping piece of Chamber pop. Belly's Tanya Donelly finds an intimacy to "Shoplifters of the World Unite." Kitten retains the firepower of "Panic" with a Eurodisco sound resembling Blondie. Greg Laswell sits at the piano for a dramatic take on "Half A Person." William Fitzsimmons whispers the lullaby "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want," and the legendary Wedding Present adds a muscular power to "Hand in Glove." It's a worthwhile tribute that reinvents the songs while retaining The Smiths' glorious spirit. "...Morrissey and his (charming) men get the sweet-and-tender treatment from alt-pop types, including Sixpence None the Richer and Mandy Moore pal Mike Viola, who classes up "How Soon Is Now?" with movie-score strings." –Entertainment Weekly "...An awesome cover-compilation!" –Paste Magazine American Laundromat Records has assembled an outstanding and highly varied assortment of Smiths covers for their tribute record. Each and every artist shows a reverence and love towards the material they’re working with; many take respectful liberties with their songs, giving a refreshing take on the music for those who know every lyric by heart and perhaps shedding a new light on the band for those who don’t fall into The Smiths’ cult worship camp." –Consequence of Sound
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3.0 out of 5 starsIt's the originals that carry the coversMay 5 2012
By Charles A. Provencher - Published on Amazon.com
This is a batch of mostly acoustic/mellow covers, only a few of which add anything new or different. In fact, I found myself drawn more to the original beauty and strength than anything current. Much better covers are available in previous comps or even amateur versions on youtube.......
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5.0 out of 5 starsgreat tribute!Dec 25 2011
By Lighty - Published on Amazon.com
Many more hits than misses! If you're a Smiths fan, this is a great way to keep the music alive. The disc has some very interesting covers.
5.0 out of 5 starsNive cover versionsSept. 4 2013
By Marcelo Cabral - Published on Amazon.com
I really liked this tribute album, most of the tracks has very unique and beautiful versions of the songs. I recommend!
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 starsFar too dour!Jan. 12 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The charm of the Smith's is that they packaged their wretched lyrics into sublimely catchy melodies and rhythms. The stuff in this tribute is far too dour. If you're new to the band, go get the real thing. With Hatful of Hollow and Louder Than Bombs, you're off to a good start. By the way, I had really high hopes for The Wedding Present on this one. But what a bad showing.