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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: 21st   Overall chart history
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88/100 (from 1,742 votes)
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Accolades: Best album of 1986 (1st)
Top 10 albums of the 1980s (2nd)
Top 50 albums of all time (21st)

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

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From Seab 8 hours ago
A fantastic jangle pop album crafted by The Smiths. Never goes down in quality as the album goes on, and nothing ever seems to drag on.

Favorite Track: There is a Light That Never Goes Out
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From khj11 01/16/2017 22:57
In my opinion, best album of the 80s, and greatest album lyrically ever written. Morrissey's beautiful voice mixed with deep and poetic lyrics are amazing
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From slurpdurp 01/07/2017 20:05
Morrissey and Marr showed they can write songs as well as anyone else ever. Morrissey's lyrics are so beautiful. They capture the lives of the "ordinary" and dare to make them dramatic and real. This is simply brilliant and beautifully done. The lyrics are poetic and perfect. Marr's guitarworks are simply astounding. They compliment the lyrics and provide such a fantastic backing to add to the beauty. The Smiths are at their best here. The Queen is Dead is a must-listen. It is a fantastic album with a legacy that lives on through the massive influence it has had on rock and punk music. It paved the way for alternative music. R.E.M. laid the groundwork, and the Smiths showed why people should pay attention.
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From discojets1 12/09/2016 04:01
By far the best Smith's record
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From Strangel 10/17/2016 13:00
When I was younger I found The Smiths to be a bit insipid, or a bit pissweak musically. It just wasn't my taste in music at all. Now, being a bit more mature (ageing), and with a far broader, eclectic taste in music, I thought I might give them another chance. But, it still doesn't resonate with me. The lyrics are easily the best aspect, no doubt. Morrisey wrote better lyrics than most in the 80s. The music, however, just makes me think of 80s misfits (especially the thought of wannabe edgy teenage girls with their pseudo-intellectual nerdy boyfriends). It sounds so damn 80s. I just don't find it all that interesting. And Morrisey's voice has never really inspired me. I'm sure this will be a sacrilege for all those Smiths fans out there but I don't think they're as important to the musical landscape as some make out. This album is by no means bad. It's has some nice tunes but it's mainly just a nostalgic circle-jerk for the alienated of the 80s.
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From donbeeno 09/23/2016 22:08
Undoubtedly my favourite smiths record, tqid just distills what it is to be melancholic and sets it to some of the catchiest tunes in any one album; and whilst lesser bands might be preoccupied with peurile posturing, rendering the album anodyne, or parodic, the smiths retain their biting edge:due, as always, to morrisseys acerbic wit, demonstrated perfectly on 'Frankly Mr Shankly' and 'The Queen is dead' . Not to say the broody, emotional tracks aren't there, or aren't fantastic- they are.'I know it's over' is one of the most heart achingly beautiful vocal perfomances ever put on record; and the hallowing, heartfelt message of self deception and isolation are as relevant now as they ever were.
One of the reasons the smiths, controversial as morrissey is now, retain such a cult following is undoubtedly their sincerity: when morrissey once claimed: 'I don't perform, I feel', you really understand the flower waving, romantic flare he gives both his live and studio performaces. In short, compared with 'Strangeways', which, although also excellent, i feel is marred by slight overproduction, 'Queen Is Dead' retains that raw aesthetic, that i feel is essential to a smith's record; and, in doing so, is my favourite record of all time.
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From acolabella 09/20/2016 16:50
An incredible album start to finish
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From HarryLuke 09/06/2016 01:09
Excellent album, the best by The Smiths or Morriessy. The operner and rankley mr shankly are the best on the album but it is strong throughout.
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From albumceleste 09/04/2016 02:08
Maybe their best album. And quite possibly maybe the best rock album of the 80s too.

I find Shankly and Vicar to be 'good-but-average' songs while the rest goes from 'very good' to 'excellent'.
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From nitomano 08/04/2016 17:13
Favoritas: Cemetry Gates, The Queen Is Dead, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
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