Some would cry sacrilege, fans of modern rock may hail this album as a triumph. To be honest, I'm indifferent. this album offers some new and interesting variations on classic smiths tracks, although none of them come close to the originals. Walter Walter's cover of Ask and The Beautiful Mistakes's cover of cemetry gates are superb, apart from when 'Ere thrice the sun done salutation to the dawn' comes out as "Err duhhh salutation to the dawn" :P There are better covers available for most of these tracks, Big Mouth, which is covered by Read Yellow turns my stomach, whereas Placebo covered the same song on a different covers album called 'The Smiths is Dead' which I prefer to the original. If you like the bands performing theses tracks then buy it. If you like the Smiths then be careful, you may be left with a bitter taste in your mouth.
As most people have siad they're are defintly good and bad songs on this CD. Million Deads 'cover' of girlfriend in a coma is awful, and if i was morrissey i would Cry more than i ever had before. Best tracks on this Cd would have to be: Cursive, Garrison, Walter Walter, thisGirl and The Beautiful Mistake All others are pretty much good/okay, reasonable or Murder. But defintly a good CD to buy if you like the smiths or these bands. respect to Walter Walter for they're little outro on ask singing Just like heaven by the cure, genius!
A brilliant compilation of old songs, but in new and, well, great ways. Instruction and thisGIRL show they're upto the form, perhaps more than others, and Garrison really top it all off. A brilliant display of how today's up and coming talent are really paving the way for more to follow. Essential for Smiths and rock fans in general. A good lesson to us all.
I would say that this is not a bad album but neither is it great!! Most of the songs are interesting apart from "There is a light that nevere goes out"...which was murdered!!...in my opinion this album is perhaps a little un-neccessary as the originals are perfect and in my opinion can not be bettered!!