Quick Review (LP): Meat Is Murder by The Smiths

The Smiths
Meat Is Murder
Rough Trade; 1985

My Rating: B

Best Tracks: “The Headmaster Ritual”, “I Want the One I Can’t Have”, “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”

First things first: the title tracks SUCKS. Second, adding “How Soon Is Now?” to later copies of this record is like adding Han Solo to The Wrath of Khan. Just think about it. Otherwise, the band sounds musically strong here, if not quite brilliant. These aren’t the strongest melody/riff combinations they produced, but they are enough to keep me coming back for more. I think this record deserves a little more credit than most critics give it, but at the same time, the band hasn’t quite shaken its tendancy to drag things out too long. Case in point: “Barbarism Begins At Home.” The most important things is that Marr’s genius riffs are abundant. Delicious.

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