(2001) The Smiths

The Smiths

... read moreArriving in an era dominated by synth pop and gloomy post-punk, the Smiths' eponymous debut was the bracing beginning of a new era. On the surface, the Smiths' sound wasn't radically different from traditional British guitar pop -- Johnny Marr's ringing, layered guitars were catchy and melodic -...

46′:29″ 11 Songs

1
Reel Around The Fountain (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
5:58
2
You've Got Everything Now (2011 Remaster)
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3:59
3
Miserable Lie (2011 Remaster)
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4:27
4
Pretty Girls Make Graves (2011 Remaster)
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3:43
5
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (2011 Remaster)
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4:37
6
This Charming Man (2011 Remaster)
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3:42
7
Still Ill (2011 Remaster)
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3:20
8
Hand In Glove (2011 Remaster)
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3:22
9
What Difference Does It Make? (2011 Remaster)
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3:49
10
I Don't Owe You Anything (2011 Remaster)
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4:04
11
Suffer Little Children (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
5:28
Released 26 June 2001, 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd.

Review

Arriving in an era dominated by synth pop and gloomy post-punk, the Smiths' eponymous debut was the bracing beginning of a new era. On the surface, the Smiths' sound wasn't radically different from traditional British guitar pop -- Johnny Marr's ringing, layered guitars were catchy and melodic -- but it was actually an astonishing subversion of the form, turning the structure inside out. Very few of the songs followed conventional verse-chorus structure, yet they were quite melodic within their own right. Marr's inventive songwriting was made all the more original and innovative by Morrissey's crooning and lyrics. Writing about unconventional topics, from homosexuality ("Hand in Glove") to child molestation and murder, Morrissey had a distinctively ironic, witty, and literate viewpoint whose strangeness was accentuated by his off-kilter voice, which would move from a croon to a yelp in a matter of seconds. While the production of The Smiths is a little pristine, the songs are vital and alive, developing a new, unique voice within pop music. Though the Smiths continued to improve over the course of their career, their debut remains startling and exciting. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine