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Meat Is Murder

The Smiths Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Contrived by Johnny Marr, The Smiths evolved when Marr unearthed Morrissey and insisted upon a collaboration. The idea was to produce songs which were always instantaneous and listenable whilst also provoking deep thought; emeshing Morrissey’s words with Marr’s music in a sound which, above all, would stand apart without being inaccessible or esoteric. The ... Read more in Amazon's The Smiths Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B000002L7J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars defining momnet 26 Oct 2003
By Tom Hoy
Format:Audio CD
Personally I believe this is the most deeply affecting work to come from the magnificent oeuvre of this genre-defining band. While ‘Strangeways’ and ‘The Queen is Dead’ may have received the critical plaudits, this is The Smiths at their viscerally heart-rending best. Morrissey’s words are an intimate manifestation of a tortured soul, an intensely ‘shy’ and private man baring all- not many lyricists could sing with the conviction that Moz does on tracks such as ‘Headmaster Ritual’ or ‘That joke isn’t funny any more.’
Themes such as love, teenage-angst and death are all touched on here; hardly original but approached in such a delicate and insightful way that they are impossible not to relate to. Layered over Johnny Marrs flawless musicianship (who wouldn’t recognize the timeless melodies found in ‘How soon is Now?) ‘Meat is murder’ is certainly difficult to fault.
What is also important to remember is the context of this album- The Smiths were unique. With the benefit of retrospect and knowledge of more recent acts the music here is nothing astonishingly innovative, but at the time Morrissey, Marr and co were genuinely exceptional- at the vanguard, with a few other select bands such as Joy Division, of a genre we now all take for granted as ‘Indie.’ ‘Meat is Murder’ was literally paving the way for bands such as ‘the Stone Roses’ and their ilk.
This is an album that may not immediately obvious to the casual music enthusiast, but with perseverance ‘Meat is Murder’ is both evocative and engaging- it is a truly rewarding listen, from a truly great band.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as 'The Queen Is Dead' 18 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's the album that got me immediately hooked on The Smiths. Obvious highlights include 'That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore' and my favourite Smiths tack of all time (as well as the most underrated) 'Well I Wonder'. Even though critics rate 'Meat Is Murder' highly I still believe it's undeniably underrated and easily as good as 'The Queen Is Dead'. If you're considering buying your first Smiths album I'd suggest buying this one - if you do, I guarantee you'll have the complete discography within a few weeks.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Album Changed My Life 2 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
Before I heard this album, I didnt really feel that music was worth the hassle. I didn't feel that there was any particular meaning to songs, other than keeping you entertained, and any particular in depth analysis would only result in a pretentious babble not really making any particular sense.

But, when I heard the first few seconds of "The Headmaster Ritual" I was hooked. Meat Is Murder, is for me, THE perfect album. Every song is a gem, and although some are greater than others, I wouldnt purposely skip a song to get to another, because all hold a particular place in my heart. No other album does that for me, not even "The Queen Is Dead" which most people would say is the best Smiths album, but for me is a close second.

For me, however, my two favourite songs of all time are here on this album. Starting with "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" which is just so haunting and beautiful, with Morrisey's wonderful melodic voice citing "Kick Them When They Fall Down" or the increasingly powerful and intense vocal climax, coupled with Marr's simply unbeatable rhythm. Everytime I hear the song I smile, not out of some saddistic pleasure I get from hearing the obviously sad and solemn lyrics but out of knowing that music really cant get much better.

Secondly, what I feel is their most under-rated song in "Well I Wonder". Again, the two collaberators have come up with a song that not only is moving, but deeply thought provoking and well worth the listen. I really do not know how this song has not been more readily welcomed by music fans, or indeed Smith's fans, as I value it one of their best, if not right at the top.

These two songs alone made me love music.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meat Is Great 28 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Smiths released this album less than a year after their debut and if anyone felt that the lack of time given to it would be a detriment, they were about to get some idea of the bands fantastic rate of productivity.
The album gets off to a majestic start with 'The Headmaster Ritual', a candidate for the best album opener of all time. Moz is in full flight here as he bemoans his brutal education, including the finest use of the word 'b-----d' in any song, anywhere. 'Rusholme Ruffians' carries on with the violence theme, only it is located at a fairground. Moz lists various violent incidents before remarking that his "faith in love is still devout." Sarcasm at its very best.
The next two songs, 'I Want The One I Can't Have' and 'What She Said', are good yet sound ordinary compared to other Smiths classics. 'That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore' is one of these said classics and relies on a magnificent, swoony guitar line from the god-like Marr. 'How Soon Is Now', although not on the original album, is on the CD reissue and all I will say is that it is so good that you could put it on a Westlife album and the album would then be held as a classic.
'Nowhere Fast' follows and is a swift jangle through random thoughts of Moz, including his desire to "drop his trousers to the Queen", an anti-monarchy theme that would develop to the full on the Smiths next album. It also includes that precious and rare commodity: a Johnny Marr guitar solo. 'Well I Wonder' is good enough but compared to other tracks on the album is forgettable.
For probably the only time in the Smiths catalogue, Morrissey or Marr are not the stars on 'Barbarism Begins At Home', here it's the under-rated Andy Rourke with quite simply one of the best basslines you'll ever hear.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Meat is Murder CD
First track on CD does not play properly when put on an MP3 or Ipod. CD appeared to second hand as no packaging - Ididn't know this when I purchased it.
Published 4 months ago by Andrew Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-mastered realy works
This re-mastered The Smiths cd is so much clearer and louder that the old cd . I just have to tell people to go and get these re-mastered cd .
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Robert Lismore
5.0 out of 5 stars The Smiths :O)
amazing album and in my opinion their best album ... if your new or have got into this band through 'best of' then this is really the next CD to get
Published 7 months ago by Rich
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, n6ot the b5est Smiths album.
This is a good album, but definitely not as good as The Queen Is Dead or Hatful Of Hollow or the first album, favourites are Meat Is Murder, The Headmaster Ritual and Nowhere Fast.
Published 7 months ago by James Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Like all of the Smiths albums this is fantastic. A great collection of songs including the lyrically/musically amazing The Headmaster Ritual, How Soon Is Now and Barbarism Begins... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful texts, wonderful voice, wonderful music
The title says it all: wonderful texts, wonderful voice, wonderful music, this voice of Morrissey and this strumming guitar of Johnny Marr.
Published 14 months ago by Pierre Brewee
4.0 out of 5 stars A Couple of Duds But Overall a Strong Effort
In comparison to the other albums by The Smiths, Meat Is Murder ranks (for me) as their weakest effort. Read more
Published on 18 July 2012 by JJKelsall
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Not The Complete Article'
For me, the best Smiths album will always be 'Hatful Of Hollow' simply because all of the groups studio produced albums lack the rawness that makes that early compilation such an... Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2012 by Antony May
5.0 out of 5 stars the smiths - meat is murder remastered CD
this CD album is the remastered (2012) version of the 1985 album of original studio tracks.

pity no bonus tracks as M+M didn't want that sort of reissue. Read more
Published on 11 April 2012 by a.m.hardwick
2.0 out of 5 stars Your hip cd collection guide. Pt.4
This album is ideal for those who want a good record collection that they will never listen to.

If you want to be hip and be admired these are the albums you should have... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2010 by I. P. J. Brayshaw
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