Skip to content

Meat Is Murder – The Smiths

The Smiths Meat is Murder

Meat Is Murder

(1985), 6/10
Meat Is Murder is easily The Smiths’ weakest studio album, but it’s hardly anything to be ashamed of, since they broke up before they even hinted of running out of ideas. If anything, Meat Is Murder is an uncomfortable and undisciplined transition between the stark approach of their initial recordings and the studio based approach of The Queen Is Dead and Strangeways, Here We Come. Most of the songs stretch out longer than they should, while the group are often over-reaching.

‘How Soon is Now?’ is recycled from the previous year’s Hatful of Hollow to act as the centrepiece here, an admission that the album otherwise lacks a single. The other bona-fide Smiths’ classics here are ‘The Headmaster Ritual’, topped off with Morrissey’s tremulous wordless chorus, and the melodically plaintive ‘I Want The One I Can’t Have’. Elsewhere, Meat Is Murder is a little uninteresting and forgettable – there’s slow languid material like ‘Well I Wonder’ and the long funk groove of ‘Barbarism Begins At Home’ overstays its welcome.

eat Is Murder is interesting, showing The Smiths unsure where to go next and exploring some surprising areas, but it’s not very convincing most of the time.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Diary of a Bassist

Musical musings of a bassist/power metal enthusiast

lyriquediscorde

home of all things music

All You Need Is The Beatles

Musical musings on all things...well...musical!

Kid Slender

Let all the children boogie

Simon & Garfunkel 'Time it was...it was'

All you need to know about their careers

REVIEW THE MUSIC

Current music reviews, classic music reviews, live music reviews. All genres, all sounds, no prejudice.

The Voice Of Unreason

Music Reviews/Gigs/Lists/Features/Video - oh my!

MyYellowFeather

Your guide to style! 💛

Old Rope

"It looked like rope, old rope"

%d bloggers like this: