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Morphine Ranked

The best band of the 90s, ranked, with all the sleaze, whiskey and cigarette smoke you could ask for.
Cure for Pain

Quintessential. If you haven't heard this album, change that. Every song is a banger - if opener Buena doesn't put you on your ass, you'll be there by the time closer Sheila steamrolls through. 5/5
The Night

Hard to say whether Sandman was just listening to too much Bohren and der Club of Gore or whether something more serious was going on, but the melancholy that pervades this record makes it unique in their discography. Definitely their darkest album, with some really nice arrangements too - the title track, Take Me With You When You Go and Rope on Fire being the choicest cuts. 4.5/5

Yes wasn't the quantum leap forward that both Cure for Pain and The Night were, but it's the sound of a band simultaneously settling into and stretching out a signature sound, and it's almost as good. Some of the more experimental numbers might turn less adventurous listeners off, but Whisper, Radar, and Super Sex were among the coolest tracks Morphine ever put to tape, and Free Love features the doomiest, heaviest riff to come out since Sabbath - except it's played on a sax. 4.5/5

The name says it all. Good is good, but not quite the level of their next few albums. Morphine are definitely still finding their feet on this one, and even though there are some stellar standouts like Have A Lucky Day and Claire, as well as late album deep cuts like The Other Side, the songs are ultimately kneecapped by murky production, and Sandman hadn't yet perfected his laconic swagger. 4/5
Like Swimming

Like Swimming is where the wishing well began to run a bit dry, so to speak. Don't get me wrong - it's got some of their best singles on it, with 11 O'Clock, Empty Box and Murder for the Money all being ragers. However, the minimalist arrangements and lack of variety in the tracklist sort of kneecaps this one a bit. 3.5/5
At Your Service

With some paring down and re-arranging, you could honestly have told me the tracklist on the first disc was a lost Morphine album recorded between Yes and Like Swimming, and I would've believed you. In its current form, its a bit clunky though - even if Come Along, It's Not Like That Any More, Moons of Jupiter and Lilah II are fucking stellar . 3.5/5
B-Sides and Otherwise

Again, lots of cool tracks and oddities, but as a release it doesn't measure up to their greats. 3/5
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