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Meat Is Murder

The SmithsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B007F5S1BS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

1. The Headmaster Ritual
2. Rusholme Ruffians
3. I Want the One I Can't Have
4. What She Said
5. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
6. Nowhere Fast
7. Well I Wonder
8. Barbarism Begins at Home
9. Meat Is Murder

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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful But Not the Smiths Best June 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Not widely considered to be the band's best but it does contain their biggest hit, "How Soon Is Now?". MIM contains the perfect mix of Smiths' style songs including both fast and slow, fun and political. I remember back in the 80's when 'Spin Magazine' had "How Soon Is Now?" ranked as the best single of all time. I also remember thinking, "You know, that isn't even one of my favorite Smiths' songs." Actually not even my fave from this album. To me HSIN had great lyrics and a cool sound but was generally not very Smiths-like. The song lacked the rawness and edge of their other material due to its high-gloss production... precisely NOT the point of the band. Still it's a wonderful song with a catchy, highly original melody and Mozz' sharp wit.
I've always been partial to the underappreciated songs from this album. The haunting "Well I Wonder" is dreamy and melancholy declaring "This is the fierce last stand of all I am." "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" is simply brilliant as we watch the knife of past words turn sharply against the protagonist. "What She Said" speeds up the pace but remains downbeat lyrically with its angst and sarcastic humor; Marr delivers an understated but excellent performance. On "I Want the One I Can't Have" the singer laments his inability to hide his emotions or capture the subject of his desire. And in "Nowhere Fast" Morrissey questions whether he has the capacity to experience life or emotionally progress at all (hence the name).
The title track is often clasified as over-the-top and may be many people's least favorite from this collection of songs. I beg to differ. Morrissey is entitled to his opinion on us meateaters and I have no issue with that.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely haunting January 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Meat is Murder was one of my first forays into indie music as a 15 year old kid in 1987 and what a great place to start. Full of painful angst and alienation, Morrissey really bears himself... his wretched life lives all over these songs. Maybe it's a little dramatic, but it never seems faked and it always sounds fantastic.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Smiths Album You Need To Own October 25, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
i got turned on to these guys when i was living in baton rouge, louisiana, by a black woman who was really into alternative music. then i got my best bud to make me a tape of this album and strangeways, here we come. both are excellent records. this one i really like alot because you really see morrissey's sense of sarcasm and humor coming into bloom.i have never skipped a track since i've started listening to it. best songs are: " the headmaster's ritual," " i want the one i cant have," meat is murder " which is noteworthy because it takes on the subject of animal cruelty, and "how soon is now," which is the ultimate whipped puppy's anthem. such a shame morrissey and marr didn't get along. but the output they created was enough
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overrated or Underrated? July 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Seems like everyone thinks this is either their best or worst album. I think it's neither, but every song is different and brilliant on it's own. Most of the songs have are pretty laid back, and it feels quite apparent that there was a lot more time spent writing them. I'd also like to say that the title track "Meat is Murder" is amazing. A beautiful six minute epic that I wish was longer.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why over-the-top? May 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I think this album is really really good. A lot of the songs say things which are in my humble opinion critically important to humanity.
The song Meat Is Murder is powerful and frightening but also heartfelt, so I don't see why it is "over-the-top". Whilst I do believe in freedom of choice, Morrissey's opinion is being put forward, I think, in the interests of reducing suffering. Just because it is difficult to listen to doesn't make it over-the-top IMO. I don't normally make bold statements or submit reviews, but this was important to me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What you get with the paper sleeve Japanese version. February 8, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I had a copy of this cd from about 1990. When it came time to upgrade my Smith's collection to newly remastered releases, I opted for a Best of The Smiths compilation (2cd British version.) I thought that this would satiate my appetite for a while. Before long, I found myself wanting the original album releases. If you're a Smith's purist, and mourn the break up of the Morrissey/Marr song writing partnership, then you can understand the desire to get all the original albums.
Unfortunately, to get newly minted, remastered Smith's releases, one has to go the Japanese route. Only about five to ten thousand of the original albums were pressed for the paper sleeve additions. Fortunately, I live in Japan, and I was able to go through Amazon's independent sellers network. The price of most of the paper sleeve releases was still high! (but not prohibitively high for the avid collector.)
With the paper sleeves I got exactly what I wanted; pristine remastered material that showcased Johnny Marr's guitar work. The beauty of remasters is that the sound of the various instruments are not all scrunched together into the mix. With a good home 5.1 system or good headphones, I can really hear the instruments clearly separated. And it's a real treat to hear this material in this manner.
The thing that pleasantly surprised me is that the liner notes were all meticulously reproduced for the paper sleeve Japanese versions. Upon pulling out the liners with the cd inside I was jolted back a good twenty five years to my college days! This was totally unexpected. Staring up at me were exact replicas of all the lyrics neatly displayed on Meat Is Murder. I love the layout. Morrissey made sure that Smith's packaging was tasteful and aesthetically pleasing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before Morissey became a wanker.
Written before Morissey's nipples became the center of attention. Clearly outclassed by Johnny Marr and company, Morissey managed to assemble some great lyrics, "I wonder"... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve R. Johnston
1.0 out of 5 stars NO IT'S NOT
Published 2 months ago by GCD
5.0 out of 5 stars what can i say meat is murder
morrissey and johnny marr together great fun would buy again from seller the smiths are a great 1980's group and am glad i grew up in the time frame
Published 4 months ago by david casto
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE PUNK
Inspired by Can riffs and bookended by lengthy, brutal songs about corporal punishment and the horrors of the cattle industry, Murder is the darkest entry in the U.K. Read more
Published 4 months ago by socalbiga
3.0 out of 5 stars Buyer BEWARE - How Soon is Now? M.I.A.
The album is a classic from The Smiths no doubt. I no longer have my original vinyl from back in shoestring budget days of buying used vinyl and recording onto cassette tapes and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeffrey Shulak
1.0 out of 5 stars I got burn't
They play a song on pandora radio with this CD cover but it's not on this CD. I feel like i wasted my money on it.
Published 5 months ago by Albert Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy!
There's not much to say except for I got what I wanted and it was exactly as expected. Perfect timing, packaging... :)
Published 6 months ago by Iloane Rousseau
5.0 out of 5 stars hard core Smiths
On 'Meat Is Murder' from 1985 Johnny Marr really stepped up to the marr(k). As well as writing the music and playing the guitar he handled production duties for the first time; how... Read more
Published 7 months ago by moro
3.0 out of 5 stars But Even a So-So Smiths Album is Still Better than Most Albums by...
This is the Smiths album that is the hardest for me to wrap my head around, despite having purchased it almost 30 years ago. Read more
Published 7 months ago by dancinhomer
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the Smiths, but...
This is their weakest album. Still it's The Smiths, and it's a good listen. Go out and get The Queen is Dead and Louder Than Bombs right now!
Published 9 months ago by StevieRayJimi
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