16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
that was then, this is now,
By A Customer
This review is from: Meat Is Murder (Audio CD)
having bought all the Smiths records on the day of release, I'm perhaps less able to offer an objective review of this fine record. Of course I think it's brilliant (and my own personal favourite) but I won't bore you with that any further. The important thing to remember is that, at the time, there really was nothing else even remotely like them. Punk had been and gone, people were getting hard to upset, but the Smiths did it, and they did it with humour, style, and amazing tunes. Records didn't have titles like theirs, didn't have covers like theirs, and noone else looked like them, they had their own world from which fools and dullards were intentionally excluded. Of course for anyone looking at this today, this context is impossible to comprehend, but believe me, they were such a breath of fresh air. As to the lyrics being too simple, firstly how can lyrics BE too simple, (Elvis, the Pistols, Ramones) since when was intellectual content a standard gague of great pop music? That said Morrissey's lyrics ARE great, he created a world partly comprised of 1960's British kitchen sink films like Kes, and partly of the brutality of Thatcher's mid-80s Britain. So maybe to fresh (young!) ears this may today sound dated, but to me it's still a spine shiveringly brilliant achivement and in the face of no small odds either. There's really nothing today that compares with this, dizzyingly creative and utterly incisive work, not to mention fantastic tunes.