The Smiths

Shakespeare's Sister

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The Smiths' weakest is still quite good, is what we can infer from this. What wit Morrissey still shows, record after record? Who is else is writing an opening line like "Young bones groan/And the rocks below say/Throw your skinny body down, son!" -- thus evoking the tragic Romeo and Juliet quality of so much teenage romance in the most poetic terms? This one is more of a skipping, quick-popping guitar-rush tune than they are known for, but Morrissey's vocal and Johnny Marr's guitar are just amazing, yet again, even on such a seemingly throwaway ditty, as it would have been for anyone else. For more of their more gentle, more romantic side, you can also get to the more acoustic-folk-beguiling "Stretch Out and Wait," which makes anyone want to be in love and in bed with the person you feel that way about. Is that a nice way to put it? That’s how they render it. And best of all, once again, neither song is on an LP. The other selection, "What She Said," is, but it's not bad hearing it again. It smokes.

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Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:09 Amazon
2 2:40
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