Hatful of Hollow - #TheSmiths
For me, I think it's almost impossible to pick a favourite Smiths album. They're one of those bands that you could put anything on by them and I just get sucked in. Which is why I had to choose this #album.
The #record is a compilation of songs released in #1984 , featuring only two singles in the format they were released in (along with their B sides) The rest of the songs on the album are live recordings from the John Peel sessions at Radio 1. Which I feel bring almost a new life to these already, well known tracks.
The album opens with "William, it was Really Nothing" the first of the two singles featured and easily some of the bands best work, with an unmistakable bass line situated behind Morrissey's anti marriage lyrics. "What Difference Does it Make?" is the first of the ‘Peel’ recordings to feature on the album, with that timeless riff opening it up and providing the backbone to some ridiculously high pitched vocals, it should noted that the entire recording of this song is sung in a higher key than the original single. "How Soon is Bow?" Is by far my favourite Smiths track ever and the fact it was only a B side until getting a more prominant feature on this album is baffling. Completely different in style to anything you would usually associate with the band. It's massive reverb guitar work resonates perfectly with the fantastic line "I am human and I need to be loved". On the whole, I could talk about all of these songs and fantastic they are for hours but at the end of the day, there's a reason The Smiths were so fucking huge and this album serves as a perfect collection of why. - Sam
Stand out track (s) - Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now, How Soon is Now?, William, it Was Really Nothing & Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.