The Smiths Essentials

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The Smiths Essentials

The Smiths created some of the most heartbreaking, indelible melodies to come out of the UK's '80s indie scene. Slinging words with the flair of Oscar Wilde, Morrissey works his sonorous baritone around lyrics as witheringly self-deprecating as they are shrewdly self-indulgent, sometimes soaring into falsetto for full dramatic effect (“Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now”). Johnny Marr is a perfect foil, crafting layers of jangly guitar and transforming Morrissey's whims and woes into moody reveries like "How Soon Is Now?" and countless other guitar pop gems.

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