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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 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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From benedict 06/16/2015 23:30
Great songs. One of their best. Not my overall favorite but still really strong
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From KGB 06/03/2015 16:04
Its reputation as one of the greatest albums of all time is well-deserved. Moz always had a dash of cheek to his lyrics but on this album it comes to the fore and allows those heretofore put off by his moaning to join the party. And what can be said about Johnny Marr's guitar playing? Genius. The best thing on this album is the single note of feedback that runs the entire length of "The Queen Is Dead", weaving in and out of the background of the mix.
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From Roal 05/27/2015 14:45
Clearly their best work if not counting any compilations.
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From Roal 05/27/2015 14:40
To die by ur side the pleasure and privileged is mine.
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From RobertChristgau 05/09/2015 19:05
After disliking their other albums instantly, I was confused enough by my instant attraction to table this one, especially since I had no stomach for the comparisons I knew an investigation would entail. And indeed, I still can't stand the others. But here Morrissey wears his wit on his sleeve, dishing the queen like Johnny Rotten never did and kissing off a day-job boss who's no Mr. Sellack. This makes it easier to go along on his moonier escapades, like when he reveals that looks and fame don't guarantee a good social life. Which gives you time to notice the tunes, the guitars, the backup munchkins.

85/100 = B+
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From calsper 04/17/2015 00:53


A fantastic and explosive pop record!

Searingly sounding and lyrically great, Johnny Marr finally pulled of this great band's best in 1986 - it really touches me with each listen how great all the songs are! Morrissey's best performance to date on this record as well with gleaming, British and smooth vocals and sounds.

Truly a masterpiece and awe inspiring for me personally.
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From CharlesHnz96 03/26/2015 08:30
Definitely the best album of the smiths , the real sound of the band...
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From bestdressed 03/10/2015 09:54
Great album but it's not the Smiths' best IMO. It's the 3rd best behind the debut and Meat is Murder. I think the other albums are more upbeat (faster) and Johnny Marr showcases his skills more.
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From rnmusic1983 02/12/2015 22:40
every track on this is just stunning , the queen is dead is probably the best opening to an album ive heard , there is a light that never goes out is so good , easy one of my fav ever albums, the smiths must never have been crap
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