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When you listen to this collection of nearly all the noteworthy singles by the Smiths, you might marvel over the fact that Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr collaborated and cowrite so many astonishing tunes only to break up a mere four years into their creative burst. The first half of Singles is a relentless parade of top-notch emotional Morrissey punches. Then just when you think you're going to catch your breath, "Bigmouth Strikes Again" breaks out and the poignancy and wit of that charming man really hits home. From the shimmering "Ask" to the dark crooner "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" to the closing hit "There is a Light That Never Goes Out," the collection leaves one feeling wistful, for these tracks will never be matched. --Lorry Fleming
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Reviewed on 11/13/2012...
This is a great combination of the Smith's
(wdavidw) from TYLER, TX
Reviewed on 9/16/2010...
The Smiths are pretty indicative of the 80's sound: energetic, infectious, with guitar hooks and rhythms that grab one's attention. Morrissey and Johnny Marr, a formidable songwriter duo if ever there was one, were much like other famous duos: Lennon/McCartney, Simon & Garfunkel, etc. A strong bond led to strong songs, some quite controversial at the time . Morrissey doesn't have a great vocal range, but he makes up for that with lyrics, expressive and distinctive vocals that gave The Smiths their sound. Marr gave them an impetus with creating great guitar hooks.
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This and "Louder Than Bombs" are all you need.
Bachelier | Ile de France | 03/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Unless you are one of the vanishing tribe of Smiths completists, the eponymous first album, this collection of singles, and "Louder Than Bombs" contains all that is listenable and enduring from this quartet. Many elevate Morrisey (vocals, lyrics) and Marr (ethereal guitar work), but the rhythm section of the Smiths is oft overlooked, with a bass (Andy Rourke, a friend of Marr's) and drum (Mike Joyce) that never overwhelm, nor embellish, but consistently round out and support strong lead vocals and guitars."