Various Artists - Please, Please, Please: A Tribute to the Smiths

American Laundromat
(ALR027: 616011913934)
Release date: 12/13/2011
Genre: Indiepop/rock

1. Panic - Kitten
2. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before - The Rest
3. What Difference Does It Make? - Joy Zipper
4. Shoplifters of the World Unite - Tanya Donelly w/ Dylan in the Movies
5. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want - William Fitzsimmons
6. I Won't Share You - Sixpence None the Richer
7. Well I Wonder - Sara Lov
8. Half a Person - Greg Laswell
9. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me - Dala
10. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others - Chikita Violenta
11. Sheila Take A Bow - Telekinesis
12. Is It Really So Strange? - Solvents
13. Hand In Glove - The Wedding Present
14. How Soon Is Now? - Mike Viola and The Section Quartet
15. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out - Trespassers William
16. Rubber Ring - Girl in a Coma
17. I Know It's Over - Elk City
18. What She Said - Katy Goodman (La Sera, Vivian Girls)
19. London - Cinerama
20. Reel Around the Fountain - Doug Martsch (Built To Spill)

"An awesome cover-compilation!" -Paste

"An outstanding and highly varied assortment of Smiths covers" -Consequence of Sound

"A wonderful 20-song, double-LP blockbuster!" -The Big Takeover

Copy from iTunes Editor Notes: The Smiths were one of the U.K.'s brightest pop acts of the '80s, with singer Morrissey setting his witty and emotionally honest lyrics against Johnny Marr's serpentine, arpeggiated guitar lines. This tribute smartly avoids trying to mimic the band's singular charm, aiming to redefine the songs as if they'd always been part of each performer's catalog. Trespassers William slow down "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" until it purrs with sweetness. Solvents turn "Is It Really So Strange" into a campfire clap-along. Elk City interprets "I Know It's Over" as a skipping piece of chamber pop. Belly's Tanya Donelly finds an intimacy to "Shoplifters of the World Unite." Kitten retains the firepower of "Panic" with a Eurodisco sound resembling Blondie. Greg Laswell sits at the piano for a dramatic take on "Half a Person." William Fitzsimmons whispers the lullaby "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want," and the legendary Wedding Present adds a muscular power to "Hand in Glove." It's a worthwhile tribute that reinvents the songs while retaining The Smiths' glorious spirit.

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