- Audio CD (March 17 1988)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sire-Wbr
- ASIN: B000002L7J
- Other Editions: Paperback | Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
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Meat Is Murder
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Singer Morrissey's brittle wit and guitarist Johnny Marr's incisive guitar helped make the Smiths create both an entranced cult following and pop music of the highest order. The U.S. edition of the band's second album includes the bonus single "How Soon Is Now?" and while it's a welcome addition, the rest of the tracks stand ably on their own. The militant vegetarianism is heavy-handed, but the sly humor of "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" and "I Want the One I Can't Have" present proof of the band's scope, as do the anthemic "The Headmaster Ritual" and "Rusholme Ruffians." --Rob O'Connor
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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. He states his case in a dark, poetic manner backed by the cries of cattle and sounding of the screaming knife. Missed in the criticism of this track is MArr's ability to craft an otherwordly guitar melody that is both sad and majestic in a way I've rarely heard. Quite simply, this is the vegetarians' anthem. Actually there was a t-shirt in the 80's with every single lyric printed on it. "The Headmaster Ritual" speaks of systematic cruelty embedded in British schools while "Barbarism Begins at Home" echoes that abusive cruelty in the home.
All in all, this is not the band's best but still merits every bit of 5 stars. In other words, an average Smiths' release.
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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