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Hatful Of Hollow (album) by The Smiths 

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Hatful Of Hollow
Hatful Of Hollow by The Smiths (1984)
Compilation
Overall rank: 266th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
85/100 (from 722 votes)
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Accolades: Top 10 albums of 1984 (7th)
Top 50 albums of the 1980s (33rd)
Top 500 albums of all time (266th)

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The Smiths bestography

Hatful Of Hollow is ranked 5th best out of 14 albums by The Smiths on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Smiths is The Queen Is Dead which is ranked number 21 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 74,662.

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Average Rating: 
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From JimagineL 09/25/2018 23:06
I found me, one day, somewhere back last year, upset with the way things were going, people changed around me, and they seemed to be slowly forgetting the moments we spent together, likely, to be left on the past. In that especific day, I listened to this album, It wasn't the first time i listened to it, but I came out stunned, frozen from what I heard, as It described exactly what I was feeling. This album got me, emotionally like so so few can do. The Smiths speaked for me in those days, I'm glad I found this band in the right time.
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From CharlieCheswick 02/14/2018 18:46
Despite being a compilation it's as close to a proper album that you can get without it being one. All that really matter is that it's pretty much flawless from start to finish.
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From Ashmark 02/14/2018 02:32
Great song after great song all in one place. Perfect if you don’t have time to listen to whole albums consecutively.
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From Medelsvensson 12/06/2017 22:05
Perfect album!
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From JulianR 10/21/2017 21:57
No one cares if it's a compilation. It's amazing. Much of the material hadn't been released before. So I consider it the best Smiths album
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From IveGotToast 09/14/2017 04:41
Technically a compilation, but still their best album. Rourkes bass is so well mixed that it really shows how hes one of the most underrated bassists ever.
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From Cosmo 09/13/2017 21:45
The Smiths' self-titled album was a brilliant debut hindered by dull and colorless production. It failed to capture the initial raw energy of The Smiths back when they were finding their feet in 1983.

Hatful of Hollow, on the other hand, is a perfect alternative, containing the far superior 1983 John Peel recordings and the band's excellent single output in 1984. It feels like a full coherent album, so I consider it to be one.
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From Onater 03/21/2017 22:21
I typically don't like to consider compilations as proper albums and avoid putting them in my charts, but for this and Louder Than Bombs, I make an exception. Most of these tracks don't show up on any of the Smiths' studio releases, so might as well rate it as any other album.
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From Caesar01 10/08/2016 21:00
This album is a ridiculously good collection of singles and b-sides recorded by The Smiths in the first couple years of their short existence. It is honestly my favorite Smiths album. Nearly every song is quality, with a few of the Smiths greatest songs on here. The album holds together with a remarkable unity, carried by continuously inventive guitar lines and song structures along with Morrissey's ever biting/pitiful lyrical themes carrying through.
It's incredible that a band could release a largely single/b-sides album after only one studio album, include 16 songs, and have it be a classic. If any album best shows the remarkable creative output of the Smiths in the early 80s, this is it.
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From garycottier 06/05/2016 19:52
Not an official album but still a fantastic collection of songs. How soon is now? is possibly The Smith's greatest single, and that's worth the price of admission alone. But hey, hand in glove, and, heaven knows I'm miserable now, what can I say? Not a real album, but still essential, and how many band's can you say that about?
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