The Queen Is Dead (album) by The Smiths
|The Smiths LP The Queen is Dead UK Original rough tr '86 morrissey james dean
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|THE SMITHS Queen Is Dead JAPAN 1st Press CD 1986 32JC-162 3200Yen RARE!!
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|The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths CD SIRE 1986 Morrissey Johnny Marr
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I don't "love" this one, because in my humble (and ignorant) opinion, it hasn't a sound so unique and different from previous albums of other bands. It's why for me it's not a masterpiece, but a wonderful song remains a wonderful song, and half of the album, maybe more, has wonderful songs
1. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (Just magnificent)
2. Cemetry Gates
3. I Know It's Over
4. The Queen Is Dead
5. Bigmouth Strikes Again
6. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
7. Frankly Mr Shankly
8. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
9. Vicar in A TuTu
10. I Never Had No One Ever
This is my second favorite album behind Jeff Buckley's Grace. I see the Smiths as more of a singles band than an album-oriented one, with each of their four main studio releases as being effectively singles/potential b-side collections. The thing is, I don't think they ever made a single uninteresting song! The Queen is Dead just happens to be the best collection of songs of their four albums. You can find Morrissey's (hilarious) wit at its peak in every song on this album. Lines like "Eh, I know you and you can not sing - that's nothing you should hear me play piano" and "As Rose collects the money in the banister who comes sliding down the banister" leave me in stitches while "I can feel the soil falling over my head" and "I never never want to go home because I haven't got one" leave me on the verge of tears (if I'm lucky). His vocal performances are also top notch, inflecting the whole gamut of the emotional spectrum. Meanwhile, Johnny Marr is creating these marvelous arrangements on songs like There Is a Light That Never Goes Out and playing chords on guitar in the arpeggiated manner that he is so well known for with a great fludity and economy of notes. He is one of those anti-guitar heroes who inspires in unique/unorthodox ways, such as the playing in Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others. It's inspiring seeing how much texture he was able to create on these songs - a big step forward from what the band was writing in songs like This Charming Man and Still Ill. The other members are often overlooked for their contributions and that's a shame. Andy Rourke contributed these very busy, melodic basslines that are great fun to learn and play. They add an extra dimension to the songs that perhaps not everyone listening would catch on to. Finally, Mike Joyce provides some of his best drumming performances on this record, with that iconic opening to album and his playing in Bigmouth being highlights. Of course, like all great bands, their songs are all so much more than just a sum of their parts. Perhaps there's a critical age where The Smiths can leave their biggest impact (college years?). Fortunately, I caught the bug before I was too saturated with other music. This will always remain a big favorite of mine.
Its hard for me to go past this one. The previous efforts by Morrissey, Marr & company hinted at greatness, but this took it up to a new level: 'Bigmouth...' with its elegantly violent refrain; 'The Boy...' a lovely piece of pathos;'There is a light...' is so sad yet so beautifully realized - the jingle jangle guitar of 'Some girls...' perfectly punctures the grand sentiment of the previous track ala 'Her Majesty' circa Abbey Road. Essential.
86/100 for me
I'm not a huge fan of The Smiths. They do okay, I suppose. Instrumentally they seem fairly accomplished. Morrissey's a decent singer, even if he is a bit arrogant and whiny.
Wasn't expecting to love this album!
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