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Nicky Wire Says...,
This review is from: Hatful Of Hollow (Audio CD)
In a feature for the 11 February 2012 edition of the NME the acerbic Manic Street Preacher Nicky Wire was quizzed on his favourite album. He responded thus:
"It does change a lot but I'd go for 'Hatful of Hollow' at the moment. That was the album when The Smiths really nailed it for me. The rest of their albums are not brilliantly produced and even 'The Queen Is Dead' doesn't have the depth of 'Hatful of Hollow'."
I do not wholly concur with Wire's assessment of the place of The Smiths' second album of 1984 in their back catalogue. However, I do feel that this 16 track collection of singles, B-sides and BBC Radio sessions is the best of the many compilations of their work that have been made available (which include The World Won't Listen, Louder Than Bombs and Singles). Excellent songs such as the lascivious 'Handsome Devil' and the countrified rendition of their awesome 'This Charming Man' provide potent reminders of the enduring appeal of their intriguing and intelligent indie rock.