Strangeways, Here We Come (studio album) by The Smiths

Strangeways, Here We Come by The Smiths
Year: 1987
Overall rank: 283rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Strangeways, Here We Come is ranked 5th best out of 15 albums by The Smiths on

The best album by The Smiths is The Queen Is Dead which is ranked number 17 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 41,229.

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From 02/23/2023 18:59
This is a really consistent release from the Smiths with there being only one song I would consider skippable which is Death At One's Elbow but with its 2 minute run time it really doesn't affect the rest of the album. The standout for me is the opening track, the closing track and Girlfriend In A Coma which quickly became one of my most listened to songs last year after rediscovering this record. Those songs and the record as a whole just has a special charm about it that makes it feel like such a unique thing to experience. This is probably due to the duo of Morrissey and Marr who just pair up brilliantly. The way they work together on here to produce something completely different to all their other releases is a testament to their creativity and musical genius and shows just how incredible this group was. Overall, there are better Smiths albums out there but this one goes a little bit under the radar and it deserves more praise as it is elite.
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From 02/14/2023 19:40
Wow! Another masterpiece, it turns out they didn't make a bad album throughour their career. Here they reinvented their sound for fourth time and it works again, this time it's richer and more grandiose. Morrissey sings in expressive voice as always brilliant and ckever lyrics. I especially like sadness displayed on Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me, energy on Rush And Push And The Land Is Ours, gentleness of Girlfriend In A Coma and the last part of Death Of A Disco Dancer is really ahead of its time - sounds like OK Computer era Radiohead for me. I really like the lyrics of Paint A Vulgar Picture on which they are singing truth about music industry and also Unhappy Birthday is a big highlight.
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From 06/09/2022 20:56
Probably my favorite of the Smiths albums. Decent variety of styles across the songs and Morrissey’s humor pops.
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From 02/13/2022 16:05
Smiths have grabbed my mind, and that's a good thing. A great album
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From 01/08/2022 21:15
I think it's definitely the weakest of their studio albums, but it's still a brilliant album and well worth a listen. It doesn't have the same number of exceptional songs as the previous 3 albums but is still very enjoyable. My favourites are Stop Me and Paint A Vulgar Picture (love the guitar).
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From 11/26/2021 04:14

Exceptuando un par de canciones, tres si quieren, el resto está a la altura de The Queen Is Dead y su disco debut. Tiene canciones muy disfrutables como Girlfriend in a Coma y A Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours, que me dan una vibra similar y son cortas. Quizá la más infravalorada sea I Started Something porque tiene más bajo puntaje que las mejores del disco, y en mi opinión merece estar a su altura. Ni qué decir de Last Night I Dreamt that Somebody Loved Me, que puede ser tranquilamente la mejor canción de los Smiths, compitiéndole a otros de sus temas con buena letra y que también son considerados de sus mejores como Reel Around the Fountain o There is A Light that Never Goes Out.

Ya habrán unos 8 o 9 meses desde la primera vez que escuché este gran disco. Recuerdo que hace unos 5 o 6 estuve en mi mejor etapa y lo escuchaba todos los días en maratón de los Smiths. Pues en general es un disco notoriamente por debajo de sus obras maestras, que igual te hace rockear y tiene buenas canciones pop, sobre todo Girlfriend in a Coma.
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From 09/22/2021 21:37
First half excellent, second standard
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From 07/16/2020 22:22
I started something I couldn't finish; this album.
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From 03/19/2020 21:59
A truly phenomenal album, one of my favorites, and definitely my favorite of theirs. Favorite track- I started something
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From 08/26/2019 20:15

Not Bad but a little overrated based this have 85/100, some songs are overhyped

Least favourite album by the smiths
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Best Albums of 1987
1. The Joshua Tree by U2
2. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
3. Sign 'O' The Times by Prince
4. Strangeways, Here We Come by The Smiths
5. You're Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr.
6. Document by R.E.M.
7. Bad by Michael Jackson
8. Music For The Masses by Depeche Mode
9. Sister by Sonic Youth
10. Hysteria by Def Leppard
11. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me by The Cure
12. Louder Than Bombs by The Smiths
13. Substance by New Order
14. Kick by INXS
15. Darklands by The Jesus And Mary Chain
16. Come On Pilgrim by Pixies
17. Paid In Full by Eric B. & Rakim
18. Diesel And Dust by Midnight Oil
19. Tango In The Night by Fleetwood Mac
20. Tunnel Of Love by Bruce Springsteen
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