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Les Smiths ont marqué de leur empreinte indélébile la pop alternative britannique des années 80. Beaucoup d'exclus, comme c'est souvent le cas dans le rock, se reconnaissent dans les chansons composées par le tandem Morrissey/Johnny Marr pour The Smiths. Le Thatcherisme faisait alors des ravages en Angleterre mais Morrissey ne parle pas la langue de bois et son mélange de grâce, d'humour et de préciosité sincères touche. Avec ses arpèges hérités des Byrds, la guitare de Marr enchante. Quant à la voix de Morrissey, haut perchée et ambiguë, elle fascine comme sur "Hand That Rocks The Cradle" et surtout "Suffer Little Children" inspiré par un horrible fait divers qui a profondément marqué Morrissey. Ce premier essai est un coup de maître. S'y profile ce qui fera le génie des suivants. --Hervé Comte
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Popular music history has been unkind to The Smiths' debut album because the band had already generated enormous expectations before they even released an album and because the legendary poor production apparently failed to do justice to the songs' potential as proven in live performances. This is pure dusty, cobwebbed abstraction to those who discovered The Smiths after they split up, like me. I consider the unpolished nature of the production and of Morrissey's riveting and unearthly voice at this stage an aesthetic enhancement, perfect for these songs about romanticized desolation and squalor. The theme of the album (intended or not) is the passage from innocence to experience through sex or trauma (or traumatic sex), conveyed through ambiguous, evocative and suggestive lyrics that hint at kinkiness without ever being vulgar or sensationalistic.Read more ›
The sound of the Smiths? Jangly guitar pop, thanks to Johnny Marr and morbid crooning, thanks to Morrissey. As they were on an independent label at the time, rather than a big record company, the sound isn't as manufactured as a lot of contemporary 1980s recordings. It's more real, more raw. The treble and echo heavy production has dated a little, though.
The performance is great. Morrissey sings with passion, a little rawer than later albums, but just as powerful. Johnny Marr is a wizard on the guitar, to be brief. Andy Rourke's bass is particularly catchy, especially on tracks like "This Charming Man". Mike Joyce, the drummer, keeps a tight time as he should, and often adds a great intensity to the songs, such as on "Miserable Lie" and "Hand in Glove".
Morrissey, even at this early stage has witty and evocative lyrics, a combination of compassion and disgust. Lusty girls and passive guys make up a lot of the lyrical content, like on "Reel Around the Fountain", "Miserable Lie", "Pretty Girls Make Graves". Homosexuality features in "Hand in Glove". Unemployment crops up too, on "Still Ill" and "You've Got Everything Now" , (who else would have the guts to sing "I've never had a job because I'm too shy"). Worth a mention are the haunting lyrics of "Suffer Little Children", about the moors murders.
"Fresh lilaced moorland fields
Cannot hide the stolid stench of death"
The sampled child's laughter in that song makes things all the more creepy.Read more ›
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I love the Smiths, but until I bought this had only heard a bit of them. I really like this album! The guitar played is AMAZING! He lays some pretty driving stuff out. Read morePublished on March 11 2012 by Emily
thats all that needs to be said...nobody seems to mention "You've Got Everything Now"...its my fav. on this album... Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by FrenchMachine
The Smiths debut LP is a classic in my book. Sure it isn't their best (The Queen Is Dead takes that honor) but there are tons of great tunes to be found on here. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Barbara Streisands Love Slave
This is strange album.On the one hand it contains a few stone cold classics(This Charming Man , Hand In Glove etc.. Read morePublished on April 2 2004 by Michael Dineen
It's clear that the band was not yet musically mature. Morrissey's vocals are weaker than on classics like the Queen is Dead and Louder than Bombs. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by SRS
I like this a lot and the guitar riffs are probably my favorite thing about this disc. Soothing, melodic and catchy songs are made in the formula of Morrisey's weirdness and... Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003 by jacktheidiotdunce
Did anyone do catchy, depressing, british pop/rock before the Smiths? Morissey, unlike many of the songwriters in the music industry, is a real and well educated poet (true, many... Read morePublished on June 23 2003 by Howard L Lambert
At the end of the 70's and the death of punk (yes it is dead) Manchester developed into the most musically vibrant city in the UK. Read morePublished on June 13 2003 by Sacco