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Smiths, The - Singles
Label: Reprise Records
Release: 1995

Tracklisting:
1. Hand In Glove
2. This Charming Man
3. What Difference Does It Make?
4. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
5. William, It Was Really Nothing
6. How Soon Is Now?
7. Shakespeare's Sister
8. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
9. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
10. Bigmouth Strikes Again
11. Panic
12. Ask
13. Shoplifters Of The World Unite
14. Sheila Take A Bow
15. Girlfriend In A Coma
16. I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
17. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
18. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out


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Many critics have dubbed The Smiths "the best singles band since The Beatles", and I couldn't agree more.

Due to this fact, it's more than appropriate that this collection of their most popular singles is called simply that-- Singles.

This album provides a great look at the wonder known as The Smiths. Morrissey's trademark crooning and depressing lyrics set to Johnny Marr's amazing and unique guitar playing are in full force on this superb collection.

All of the big hits are here. People who are new to The Smiths should already be familiar with songs like "How Soon Is Now?" and "Panic". My only complaint is that "Half a Person" isn't included, but I gaurantee that once you hear this album and realize how great a band The Smiths were you won't find it a bother to purchase Louder Than Bombs and the rest of the available Smiths studio albums and compilations.


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I myself am of the particular mindset that lyrics within good music rival most poetry, simply for deliverance and the emotional palpability of pitch change, emphasis on words and the transcendent power of melody and rhythm alone. One might argue that poetry reading can work the same way, but I’d tell them that I’ve never danced or spoke along with a poet delivering a killer stanza.
Morrissey, the lead singer has been hailed by music critic and poet alike as one of the most astute and literate lyricists in history. And, like Dylan before him, he is considered as adept with words as any other late 20th century poet. A passion for poetry alone is reason enough that I think you should most certainly listen to the Smiths, but beyond those aspects, they’re a fuckin’ good band!

This is a singles compilation released in 1995, I, myself am a huge endorser of the album as an art form and a format and find “best of’s” and “greatest hits” watered down, but the Smiths Singles collection really sums up the bands whole sound… and considering they never were ones for grand conceptual artsy albums and rather just poppy song collections, this actually is their best album (they’re all great.)

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