ARTIST: The Smiths
TITLE: Meat is Murder
YEAR RELEASED: 1985
CHART ACTION: US #110, UK #1
SINGLES: How Soon Is Now? (US Dance #36, UK #24), That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore (#49 UK), Barbarism Begins at Home
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The Headmaster Ritual
LINEUP: Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A confident band releases their second album on the back of great non-album singles.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Smiths kicked into high gear. Marr and Rourke created a great guitar and bass unit that proved to be versatile in many styles and idoms, while Morrissey let loose with his most pointed set of lyrics yet.
Over most of the album it’s a very tight, taut band, with every element working well. Even the gloomier songs have aren’t as dour and doom-laden as they had been. There’s definitely better tracks and juts OK tracks but overall it’s solid.
Then there’s the final cut – the title track. I always used to eject the CD or skip it on my iPod. It’s better than I remember but still no way to end an album. Really, I don’t think a pop star will ever affect my eating habits.
NOTES & MINUTAE: “How Soon Is Now”, probably the most heard songs by the Smiths in the US, wasn’t originally on the album – it was merely a B-side. It was added onto the US and Canada version when it became a dance club hit.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, unless you count the version with “How Soon Is Now” deluxe!
GRADE: A-: The title track brings it down, but in reality you can just zap it out of your library.