Jenn’s Dusty Shelf

Morrissey and Marr made a name for themselves when they joined forces to become the legendary as well as infamous group The Smiths. I use the word infamous because most people have heard of The Smiths, but have never actually heard their music — or if they have, they don’t know it.

The Smiths are one of the most underappreciated bands, but also one of the most overrated. Most listeners either adore or loathe the group. I apparently fall among those that adore. Proving their versatility, The Smiths are featured on many movie soundtracks, ranging from Drew Barrymore romantic comedies to an entire scene in Jackass the Movie.

Louder Than Bombs is a B-sides compilation album of singles and tracks not really available on other albums. In earlier albums, the band used politics as subject fodder, but this album contains more sensitive tracks — tracks to make you want to dance and sometimes cry.

Louder Than Bombs proves the genius songwriting of both Marr and Morrissey, which culminates into a creative, bold, eclectic masterpiece. The album includes 24 incredible tracks, some a bit dancey, others a bit dismal. Personal favorites include Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, Back to the Old House, and These Things Take Time. But this is an album that doesn’t require the occasional skipping of songs.

More popular tracks include Shoplifters of the World Unite, Asleep, and Panic.


One track, less than two minutes long, Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want is an infinite piece of art. Contemporary, yet also classic, the song sweeps you off your feet while also bringing tears to your eyes. Morrissey swoons in his perfected lonely tone as the simple chords carefully drift in and out. This song is as close to perfection as I could ever define it.

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