Room To Live (1982)
Mainly ponderous, odd and without shape. Like what I’d expected earlier on this week. This feels like a rushed second album. Still there are swathes of neat vocals and Krautrock-y Indie noise but after the robust ‘Hex’… It’s a disappointment.
Fave Track: Fantastic Life
Best Smithism: “The man at the bar had a v-neck vest on/No, it was a v-neck waistcoat/Accurate”
Perverted By Language (1983)
Long songs, so the vignettes and bizarre stories feel more resonant. Performance art, spoken word and amorphic churning noise ‘experimenting’ with each other like a black wave ‘experiments’ with a pebbled beach in a storm. A big return to form.
Fave Track: Eat Y’Self Fitter
Best Smithism: “I’ve been sharpening a knife in the bathroom/On a brick I got from the garden/No one will f*** with me again”