Monday, May 2, 2011

Band Revisited - The Smiths

Another Monday means another band revisited, this happened a couple of weeks back and certainly wasn't planned as one I'd get back into listening to "review" whether I still like them. The reason for the sudden return to my ears of The Smiths is due to the recent Dum Dum Girls He Gets Me High EP which features a cover of The Smiths track There Is A Light That Never Goes Out. The cover is different and a pretty decent effort overall, well enough for me to jump back into listening to the great band.

For me The Queen Is Dead was clearly the best of the four studio albums, that's not to say the others aren't good cause they are, but this one for me is almost perfect, the album has so many great tracks that when revisited are still as good as ever before. Bigmouth Strikes Again is probably my favourite Smiths song, but also tracks like the covered There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, Cemetary Gates and The Boy With The Thorn In His Side are close to this level also. The other albums aren't as strong but have some killer tracks on them, This Charming Man is probably my second favourite Smiths song and it features on the great self titled release while How Soon Is Now isn't far behind it featuring on Meat Is Murder and lastly Strangeways  Here We Come song Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me.

Now when revisiting this (it had been well over a year if not two) I still feel just as strongly about this band, which is slightly surprising, as my taste in music has changed dramatically over the last 12 months. The Queen Is Dead still is an amazing album, it feels so short and just as you truly get consumed by the album in comes Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others and its all over. Most of the time I really like it when an album breezes by but at only 37 minutes you just sit their wanting more and more. The other albums I still feel strongly about, the riffs on How Soon Is Now and This Charming Man are my favourites from the band, while the lyrics on There Is A Light That Never Goes out are now my favourite they have and there's certainly some great lyrics in this bands discography.

All said and done re-listening to The Smiths have brought back all the feelings I had about this band before I stopped listening, I can't see me leaving this band for another year again before listening. I won't make that mistake again!

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