Various Artists "Please, Please, Please: A Tribute to The Smiths"

Catalog Number: ALR-0027
Release Date: 12/13/11

Track List:

  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)

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.

Praise for Please, Please, Please...

"An awesome cover-compilation!" -Paste

"Morrissey and his (charming) men get the sweet-and-tender treatment from alt-pop types, including Sixpence None the Richer and Mandy Moore pal Mike Viola, who classes up "How Soon Is Now?" with movie-score strings." -Entertainment Weekly

"An outstanding and highly varied assortment of Smiths covers... listing every track’s merits would take too long -- there’s hardly a dud among the two-disc set’s 20 tracks." -Consequence of Sound