The Smiths were a great singles band -- for five years -- but not a great albums' band. Frankly, I tire of hearing that Debbie-downer moan for more than the length of a 45. But the singles are great! I hadn't listened to them in ages, but heard them recently and was surprised by how 'pop' they were.
It should also be mentioned that The Smiths are the 'whitest' group ever.