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Meat Is Murder

The SmithsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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The Smiths were the definitive British indie rock band of the '80s, marking the end of synth-driven new wave and the beginning of the guitar rock that dominated English rock into the '90s. Sonically, the group was indebted to the British Invasion, crafting ringing, melodic three-minute pop singles, even for their album tracks. But their scope ... Read more in Amazon's The Smiths Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002L7J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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. How Soon Is Now?
7. Nowhere Fast
8. Well I Wonder
9. Barbarism Begins At Home
10. Meat Is Murder

Editorial Reviews

Singer Morrissey's brittle wit and guitarist Johnny Marr's incisive guitar helped make the Smiths create both an entranced cult following and pop music of the highest order. The U.S. edition of the band's second album includes the bonus single "How Soon Is Now?" and while it's a welcome addition, the rest of the tracks stand ably on their own. The militant vegetarianism is heavy-handed, but the sly humor of "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" and "I Want the One I Can't Have" present proof of the band's scope, as do the anthemic "The Headmaster Ritual" and "Rusholme Ruffians." --Rob O'Connor

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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 The Smiths Album You Need To Own October 25, 2000
By A Customer
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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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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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 "...the air hangs heavy like a dulling wine" April 15, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
how perfect are these lyrics? absolutely. hey, morrissey may have had his moments of despair, but overall he was a very sarcastic person. those imbeciles who don't understand the concept of sarcasm should bury their heads in the sand and continue to listen to tripe like creed and kravitz, lyrically challenged to the last. music can MEAN something and be done in a clever way that the beforementioned will never achieve. alas, i digress...
anyway, on this album, as is the case with the queen is dead, johnny really goes off on his guitar. the strumming in "rusholme ruffians" and "the headmaster ritual" is truly inspiring.
always criticized for being a depressing lot, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotional song than "well i wonder." a very simple, but moving moment to this album. if you haven't heard "how soon is now?" buy this album just for this song, though you will find all of it excellent. this one song is arguable the quinessential track of the '80's. brilliant and haunting.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Honesty April 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I was first introduced to this album shortly after it's release in America by a friend of mine. Being on a strick diet of 80's electronic music, such as Depeche Mode, I was reluctent to try something new. I remember taking the RECORD home (Yes I said record. Actual Vinyl. I've just dated myself:()and listening to it ALL night long. I was completely dumbfounded. Never had I heard such honesty in lyrics or music in my life.I became an instant Smiths worshiper. The song most notable for it's raw meaning on the album would be "Well I Wonder". Steven Partick Morrissey is able to take exactly what so many people have experienced and wondered themselves, and just says it without any garbage watering the intent. This album and their release that followed, The Queen Is Dead, are my Two favorites from this true Underground band. I know I will be listening to the Smiths for MANY more years to come.P.S. I'm still an synth-pop FREAK!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 12 days ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure '80s Alternative Rock excellence!
Having been a fan of this album since I was 14, this is yet another long overdue review on my part (I know, I must be getting repetitive in saying this!). Read more
Published 18 days ago by Hammerhead Music Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favorite Smiths album, and in general a favorite.
Published 23 days ago by Ryan K. Sablay
4.0 out of 5 stars A great vinyl, but no How Soon is Now
This is a wonderful Smiths album. I was disappointed to discover that How Soon is Now was not included on this release.
Published 27 days ago by Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Ana
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 3 months ago by SRJ
1.0 out of 5 stars NO IT'S NOT
Published 4 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago by Jeffrey Shulak
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