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Smiths Is Dead

Various Audio CD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (5 Nov 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B0000075MO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,111 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting interpretations of classic songs. 16 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD
An interesting, track by track tribute to one of the greatest albums of all time. Some of the covers fall, a bit flat - Bis's "Boy the the Thorn in His Side" for example - but others, such as the Boo Radley's reading of "The Queen is Dead" and Supergrass's punked up version of "Some Girls are Bigger Than Others" definitely make this worth getting.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Smiths is dead... 27 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
The idea behind this album is good; take one of the most influential British bands ever and ask other people to give their own interpretations of these classic songs. The delivery, however, falls short of these lofty ambitions. The two main ingredients of the Smiths' success were Marr's jangly guitar and Morrissey's sneering, dramatic delivery of his lyrics. Without these, it takes something special to lift the song, and that something is lacking on most of these tracks.
The album starts poorly with the Boo Radleys cover, on which you can barely hear the lyrics due to a ridiculous fuzz effect on the vocals, and ends with Supergrass doing exactly the same on 'Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others' (but at least they get rid of that annoying loop at the beginning of the track). None of the songs really move far enough to make them worth listening to, and several bands try to turn the song into a rock version. The only track this really works on is 'Bigmouth Strikes Again', but that is ruined by Brian Molko's terrible singing. Later on the album Bis kill 'Boy With A Thorn In His Side' by trying to turn it into a chilled electronic-cum-dance track. The only saving grace is the Divine Comedy's version of 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out', which is stunning. Neil Hannon takes the song and makes it even more moving and sad. Unfortunately even this can't lift the album above mediocre.
If you want Smiths covers then there are many good versions around. There are several on Dermot O'Leary's Saturday Sessions disc, including an amazing version of 'The Boy With A Thorn In His Side' by Scott Matthews, and Jeff Buckley does several Smiths covers too. Borrow this disc from the library or a friend just for the Divine Comedy track, but please don't buy it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best covers album 4 Oct 2004
By gee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you are a Smiths fan then you will either love or hate this album depending on whether you can stand anyone but Morrisey and Marr on your favourite tracks.

Personally I enjoy listening to new interpretations of their tracks and have a collection of cover albums - this one being my favourite. Billy Bragg's voice can really carry a Smiths song and I really like his version of Never Had No-One Ever. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out is covered by The divine Comedy, and again they do justice to a great track, and it is probably my favourite on the album. Most people seem to favour either Bigmouth Strikes Again by Placebo or the Supergrass version of Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others. Both are good versions but I guess they arent my favourite Smiths tracks anyway.

This is a nice album to have - if you can get a copy. It is currently trading at arround 30 on auctions. If you see a copy I would say buy it and if you really dont like it sell it on.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Placebo's cover is awesome 7 Dec 2002
By Joshua Sperling - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
To be fair, I haven't actually listened to this whole CD, but I felt compelled to defend Placebo's cover of "Bigmouth Strikes Again" after reading the other reviewers opinion of it. I completely disagree. I think it's an absolutely great cover of a great Smiths song (their best in my opinion). I mean, you can't expect another band to do a song in EXACTLY the same way as the original, that's the whole point of a cover: to hear another band's take on a song. I think it's great, they've kept the song pretty close to the original, while infusing it with their own personal sound. And I also think that Brian Molko sounds good singing it. My point: I don't know about the rest of the CD, but Placebo's cover is definitely worth a listen.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Smiths fans. 15 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Good enough to buy, great enough to keep
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars showboating 28 May 2009
By thrillracer esq. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I thought the artists who slowed down the tempo were dragging out the songs as if to say, "Look at me, I'm doing a Smiths song." Showboating.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars October 2004 spawned a monster, perhaps 13 Oct 2004
By Andrew Bruske - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Odd that this would be the second review in two weeks after a few years of nothing.
Tracks 3-7 get my five stars. The others, dare I vituperate, are crap. ("There is a light"!: what a turd; how do you stultify a morbid but _jolly_ Smiths song?)
I bought this for the Trashcan Sinatras's cover; love them; thought they got a bad draw with "Over": how do you out-melancholy the Smiths? Best not to try.
Didn't know Billy Bragg but liked his sound on "Never".
Thought "Cemetry Gates" was nicely skewed but still as bouncy as the original, edifying perhaps to the small part of me that wants covers to be "true" to the originals. (What makes a good cover, after all?)
"Big Mouth" was good for its now-hackneyed updates of "megadrive" and "discman"--and the intro gives one the impression of subtlety, before its recourse to mozz/marrian riff.
Always hated Bis's "Thorn"--until a night about two weeks ago: driving up the coast, no traffic, windows down, and the "disco" (as some have impugned it) drum machine and synths just really caught me; also the understatement of the lyrics. I had it repeating for more than an hour. A gem. Makes the album. Just burning it for a friend tonight made me add my bit, here.
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