This album was the last 'real' Smiths album I needed for my collection (ie. ignoring Best of I and II, The Very Best Of and Singles), so I already had Louder Than Bombs and Hatful of Hollow, and didn't technically "need" this one. At least that's what my friends thought. They don't seem to realise that The Smiths (and especially Morrissey) are not so much a band, more a religion that deserves to be courted and pursued with relentless abandon. Essentially I bought this album for Money Changes Everything, because I didn't know at the time that the Stretch Out and Wait featuring on The World... is actually different to the one on Bombs. But as I discovered, The World Won't Listen is actually worth buying just for that one track; Stretch Out and Wait has always been one of my favourite Smiths songs (making it one of my favourite songs ever), and the frission of excitement this version delivers is priceless.
The World Won't Listen is an excellent accompaniment to Hatful, this album covering The Smiths' later repertoire, and Hatful their earlier work (with Louder Than Bombs a cunning blend of the two). While they may have lost their youthful sketchiness by their later work, the lyrical and musical genius of Morrissey and Marr remains dumbfoundingly evident, especially on tracks such as the jaw-droppingly beautiful Asleep, the thumping, chugging Shakespeare's Sister and London, and the almost fully without hope (but in the most wonderfully articulated way) of Unloveable. The beauty and complexity of The Smiths is even more apparent when compared to the bland, meaningless pap produced by most pop 'stars' nowadays.
Buy it and revel in the genius.