Please, Please, Please: A Tribute to The Smiths
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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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Yes, the songs are less intense, tight, and dramatic than the Smiths originals, but unless you worship Morrisey's vocal stylings or Marr's jingly guitars -- both often excellent -- and are unwilling to appreciate the SONGWRITING, then you will enjoy these interpretations by bands who also loved these songs.
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Somehow, I bought this collection and I have to agree with myself. The artists are very talented and I'll check out their stuff, but, by and large, their interpretations of The Smiths are BORING. The only way I'll listen to this again is if I get a girlfriend that loves The Smiths. It is good humping music. But my wife will have to divorce me first, and that ain't gonna happen any time soon.