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The Queen Is Dead (album) by The Smiths 

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The Queen Is Dead
The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths (1986)
Overall rank: 22nd   Overall chart history
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Accolades: Best album of 1986 (1st)
Top 10 albums of the 1980s (2nd)
Top 50 albums of all time (22nd)

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The Queen Is Dead is ranked as the best album by The Smiths.

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From eataninja 16 hours ago
It's good, but most of their best songs are on their other albums. I feel like the slower songs ("I Know It's Over" and "Never Had No One Ever") drags down the pace of the album a lot, and a lot of the later songs aren't good enough to restore its energy. It's not bad at all -- I still love the Smiths -- but I wouldn't rank it as high as it is.

Best Tracks: There Is a Light that Never Goes Out, Bigmouth Strikes Again, Cemetry Gates
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From Imaybeparanoid 08/20/2015 14:16
Their best
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From AndrewRacklyeft 08/11/2015 14:18
The finest album of all time, I don't need to justify myself further.
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From Pastiche 08/01/2015 23:49
8.5/10
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From serpico 07/27/2015 15:45
Siempre es un placer volver a escuchar este álbum.
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From gon2bed 07/26/2015 23:02
It's good and has a few great songs but as a whole I don't think the album is that great. Nothing blows me away, nothing surprises me. It's a tiny bit dated as well. I don't get the hype behind it, but then I guess the whole of Manchester is behind this album.
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From callinmclinden 07/26/2015 16:19
Classic album, no doubt about that; light on the ear, brilliant guitar playing, really pleasant melodies and definitely Morrissey's best performance as a vocalist as well as a lyricist. The extra added bits of instrumentation make this album in my opinion, the little bits of piano or strings particularly on 'The Boy With The Thorn In His Side' and the bass guitar is very prevalent and well played. What lets this album down a little, in my eyes, is that some of the more softer tracks can really drag especially when it's one after another (see tracks 3 and 4) also there are some little weak moments that failed to particularly grip me. Personally, without taking anything away from TQID, I believe Meat is Murder is the best Smiths album but this release definitely comes 2nd. Its light, pleasant while maintaining a sinister tinge to the lyrics, lyrically brilliant, clearly influential and one of my favourite albums of the 80s, if not, overall.
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From luis721 07/19/2015 00:40
Best ever album.
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From pantoffeljoscha 07/04/2015 21:29
I really tried and tried, but I don't get it. I will for sure try it again, but so far it's not my kind of music. Although I can see that they have a great influence to modern music.
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From DeusExMackia 06/22/2015 19:41
The Queen Is Dead was the first whole Smiths album I listened to, and it's stuck by me ever since. Every play through since has only increased my love of it, and I've come to see it as a benchmark for most music. The intricacy and detail within the sound of the album, it's excellent lyrical work and the overall form of the record justify my praise.

As far as albums go, it's consistent, excellently well paced and incredibly self contained. It's tone, however, is it's zenith; never has bleakness and misery been so well glorified and romanticised, and you can't help but revel in it's sheer potency.

Trying to choose a best/worst track for the album is very hard; it covers such a wide range of sounds and styles, from ballards - I Know It's Over/Never Had No One Ever - to jangle pop masterpieces - Cemetery Gates/The Boy With The Thorn In His Side.
For me though, there are 4 songs that really stand out for me. It's title track is one of them; it's a driving, powerful, state-of-the-nation address that is vital in setting out the tone of the album. Those opening drum beats only help to convey the urgency of Morrissey's words.
'Bigmouth Strikes Again' is another, and showcases Marr's best guitar playing on the whole album. Despite there being 2 or 3 guitars playing at the same time, every layer feels thoroughly fleshed out and developed. The riff that kicks in at the 50 second mark always gives me goosebumps.
I guess, unsurprisingly, 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' is easily my favorite track on the album. It needs little justice; it is, simply put, one of the greatest songs that has ever been written.
'Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others' completes the album like the final piece of a Jigsaw; the way it fades off at the end ensures that the gloomy tones are still conveyed right to the end, without leaving the listening feeling unsatisfied. There could not have been a better way to end TQID.

For me, it's physical musical achievements only tell one part of the story. They're used exceptionally well to convey the tone and message of the album , which really are its strong points. I've spent a huge amount of time trying to sum up The Queen Is Dead, but like all great albums, it leaves a different impression on everyone. For me, it embodies the message of The Smiths; that there is darkness, sadness and hate in the world, but that it's ok to relish within those feelings. And often, hope and happiness can be found there too. With music this good, it only encourages you to love sadness and enjoy unhappiness.

Music doesn't get much better than this.
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