The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs

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A compilation of singles, B-sides, album tracks, and BBC sessions assembled for the American market, Louder Than Bombs is an overlong and unfocused collection that nevertheless boasts a wealth of brilliant material. Since Hatful of Hollow was unavailable in the U.S. at the time of the release of Louder Than Bombs, this compilation contains large chunks of that album, as well as several cuts from The Smiths, which makes the record a little redundant for most Smiths fans. Also, Louder Than Bombs contains some of the worst material the group ever recorded, including the bland instrumental "Oscillate Wildly" and a cover of Twinkle's "Golden Light." Excluding all of this material, the remainder of the record is brilliant. The singles "Shakespeare's Sister," "Panic," "Ask," "Shoplifters of the World Unite," and "Sheila Take a Bow" are all definitive, as are the elegiac "Unloveable," "Asleep," "Stretch Out and Wait," and "Half a Person," which are all unavailable anywhere else (excluding the British counterpart to Louder Than Bombs, The World Won't Listen). Furthermore, the sneering, bouncing pop of "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby" and the bizarre travelogue of "Is It Really So Strange?" are two other essential songs not available anywhere else. Though The World Won't Listen is a more concise collection, Louder Than Bombs is a necessary purchase for any Smiths fan. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1) Is It Really So Strange? (03:02)
2) Sheila Take a Bow (02:41)
3) Shoplifters of the World Unite (02:57)
4) Sweet and Tender Hooligan (03:33)
5) Half a Person (03:35)
6) London (02:06)
7) Panic (02:17)
8) Girl Afraid (02:48)
9) Shakespeare's Sister (02:08)
10) William, It Was Really Nothing (02:10)
11) You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby (03:21)
12) Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (03:34)
13) Ask (03:15)
14) Golden Lights (02:38)
15) Oscillate Wildly (03:26)
16) These Things Take Time (02:21)
17) Rubber Ring (03:46)
18) Back to the Old House (03:04)
19) Hand in Glove (03:10)
20) Stretch Out and Wait (02:37)
21) Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (01:50)
22) This Night Has Opened My Eyes (03:40)
23) Unloveable (03:55)
24) Asleep (04:16)

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