Classic album that showed the music world what a potent force
The Smiths really were. Marr's music is nothing less than sublime; Morrissey
puts aside ambiguity to make himself clear to all after too many
mis-readings of previous lyrics. Morrissey revealed himself as archly political in
accompanying interviews, ranting iratedly on his topics of the moment, such as
school violence, and vegetarianism, dealt with by
the classic bass-led anthem "Meat Is Murder".
Signs of later theatrics creep into this album with the moos,
and the rain-cum-frying-fat present on "Well I Wonder".
Original versions of the album did not include "How Soon Is Now ?".
Released in February 1985, it deservedly topped
the UK album charts, and was the first Smiths album to do so.