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on 18 November 2009
Stunning debut. Be amazed by these talented men (Marr and Morrissey especially). If you're not moved by Morrissey's wonderful lyrics, then you must be a heartless soul.
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on 3 July 2015
Great albumin good digital sound.I own this on bundle CD and now digital sounds fresh then and now.
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on 25 March 2015
Great music if you like the smiths. ( I do) would recommend it
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on 21 April 2016
Bought for the missus. She loves it. I, on the other hand...
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on 24 January 2000
The Smiths are perhaps the most influential band ever to have come out of the Manchester area. Whilst Mozza has lost it a bit since going solo (with the exception of "Viva Hate"), his days with Marr as The Smiths form perhaps the most impresive allience in pop ever.
With "The Smiths" debut album, they have produced a masterpiece. With tracks ranging from the Moors Murders inspired "Suffer Little Children" (for which Moz got permission from all the families of the children involved), through "Reel aroud the fountain" (which the bloody stupid Sun newspaper thought was about underage gay sex ... it's not), to the masterpiece that is "The hand that rocks the cradle", Mozza and Marr redefined the nature of pop group as we know it.
People will always have a go at the Smiths for being "depressing" or "morbid" ... well it just depends upon the context that the songs are taken in. If meaningful lyrics, beautifully aranged guitar work and melody are what you require in an album, then the smiths is for you. And Morrissey is one of the wittiest songwriters ever ... it basically comes down to whether his slightly off-key warble is for you or not. If so, then this is a definite "MUST HAVE" for any record collection ... if not, then there is no way you'll be converted.
A masterpiece.
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on 14 June 2004
The Smiths were robbed of the debut they deserved by John Porter's incredibly lacklustre production. The production is very flat, and lacks any real conviction. That aside, the album benefits from the strength of the songs, "Hand in glove", "Reel around the fountain" and "I don't owe you anything" the stand-out tracks. If you really want to hear The Smiths' early carnation as they should have sounded then get "Hatful of hollow" instead.
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on 11 April 2012
for my money this debut album is the weakest of all their o/s albums.

absolutely no bonus cuts on the remastered CD in 2012.

sound quality of 2012 CD is brilliant.on par with Jap CD pressings.

"Charming man" is brill but all the others except the very last one "suffer little children" are well below the later standard that the smiths set themselves.

i would only grade this one as a good solid debut album which promises greater things later on and they achieve that in spades.

still a necessary purchase if you are to fully appreciate the smiths viewpoint of life in general - only 7 more albums to collect which is very affordable.

recommended purchase.

nothing wrong with Mozza's lyrics only Marr's guitar arrangements are weaker than usual - a distinct lack of variation in terms of style, i think.
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on 22 November 2014
No skips, perfect quality!
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on 18 November 2015
The Smiths are brilliant.
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on 30 August 2004
Great debut, by a great band.
If you look beyond the iffy production of this album, after a few listens you'll come to realise that this is The Smiths second best album (The Queen is Dead being the best).
It's flirted with the usual emotional Smithisms that you come to expect from a Smiths album, sadness (Reel Around the Fountain, I don't owe you anything, and Suffer Little Children), suicide (Pretty girls make Graves), lust (You've got everything now), and all those other wonderful and horrid little things.
P.S
THERE'S MORE TO THIS ALBUM THAN "THIS CHARMING MAN"
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