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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 Mozart 3 days ago
The Smiths at their best: moody, intelligent, and wickedly funny.
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From Boxyno1 01/31/2016 18:17
The combination of Morissey’s lyrics and Marr's riffs always work beautifully together, but it feels like they do so on this album more than ever
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From Bungalowracoon 01/28/2016 22:34


Bloody great

My second favourite offering from Mr Morrisey and crew after Strangeways

This as always being from Mr M is pure lyrical genius,

It is a must for any music fans collection
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From somefatguy157 01/25/2016 13:18
The Smiths sound is unlike anything i have ever heard. The Queen is Dead has an beautiful and positive sound paired with the melancholic lyrics and its unlike any other artist. Just Fantastic
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From ECUpirate 12/16/2015 20:06
It's good but it doesn't blow me away.
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From Imaybeparanoid 12/08/2015 18:21
There are no weak songs on this album
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From jackbrown8786 10/23/2015 10:58
why are ppl mentioning "I know it's over" like it's some sort of set back? I don't usually bother writing reviews but this has to be said: every section of that song could have been used as the chorus for an entirely new song to fill half an album with. from "I know it's over and it never really began but in my heart it was so real," to "if you're so good-looking, then why are you all alone tonight," to "love is natural and real but not for such as you my love," to "oh mother I can feel the soil falling over my head." it's hard to breathe during each of these sections in their crushing despair and the nihilism rarely lets up beyond or before this track, until "some girls are bigger than other girls" fades out.

btw that's another one ppl are slamming for some reason. you might not agree that a person's weight is just genetic, but every factor that goes into how often and what a person eats isn't in his control rendering the "choice" an illusion. the simple fact that the bigger a person is, the bigger their kids usually are should be enough. by changing factors completely out of your control I could make you "choose" whatever I wanted in any matter. if I could change your tastes, for example, such that everything you ate tasted terrible except for butter, you'd be one fat mofo, wouldn't you? so unless you want to argue that you get to choose your tastes... ah, screw it, I'm done ranting and arguing with idiots. w/e, at least morrissey doesn't need to be told.

another song that isn't getting any credit is "vicar in a tutu." maybe the fearless blaspheming in that confident, superior, mocking tone doesn't do it for everyone but the "church is a thief" and "there's nothing wrong with being gay" messages go perfectly well together and I'll almost always support blasphemy in art. an anti-religious message is usually an important one to send. I'd go into detail about the music but it appears to have already been done and this album has gotten the credit it deserves and possibly more, so I'll stop wasting my time I suppose.
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From RobertChristgau 09/27/2015 23:54
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.
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From benjilive 09/24/2015 23:55
Fantastic beginning middle and end, all around amazing
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From 5432juan 09/17/2015 15:29
The Smiths's The Queen Is Dead demonstrates the perfect balance in both darkness and despair as well as beauty and poetic elegance. While its individual tracks are fantastic, the album simply demands that the listener listens to it as a whole journey from start to finish. The Queen Is Dead presents ideas on religion, politics, death and a variety of other themes with the utmost poetic beauty and in the midst of wonderfully melodic music. The Queen may be dead but in the end, this album lives on as one of the best of all time.
Best Tracks: There is a Light That Never Goes Out, The Boy With the Thorn In his Side, The Queen is Dead
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