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Meat Is Murder

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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


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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire Records
  • ASIN: B000002L7J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,903 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By SandmanVI on 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2000
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LinePlaneVolume on 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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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sven Oxtoby on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2002
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 By B. McGowan on 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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