The Queen Is Dead (album) by The Smiths

The Queen Is Dead
The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
Year: 1986
Overall rank: 18th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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88/100 (from 2,459 votes)
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Award Best album of 1986 (1st)
Award Top 10 albums of the 1980s (2nd)
Award Top 20 albums of all time (18th)
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Fav. Tracks: The Queen Is Dead, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.
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Very few vocalists dare to be as concomitantly witty and snide as Manchester's own, Morrissey. The brainchild of both he and guitarist-extraordinaire Johnny Marr, The Smiths were a dominant force behind the ever-transfiguring musical landscape of the 1980's. Their music was romantic, frequently Victorian in thematic approach and most of all, sagaciously melodic. 1986's indie rock oeuvre The Queen is Dead bears all of those aforementioned qualities, with a heavy dose of political juxtaposition and mournful longing for love to boot. Only the words of Morrissey could seem so unabashedly supercilious and painfully vulnerable.

Sonically, the foursome has never produced a richer album. Take I Know It's Over for example, the archetype for loneliness in track form. It begins as a bellowing croon which matures into a booming declaration of resigned fate. Bigmouth Strikes Again plays with pitch on Morrissey's vocals that serve as backing that gently coat Marr's expert guitar playing. Mike Joyce's steadily-paced drumming on There is a Light that Never Goes Out provides support as the spine of a track that is revered by most self-proclaimed "Smithsonians". Morrissey's appeal to logos on Cemetry Gates functions as a scathing rallying cry against plagiarism and the absence of original thought found in his analyzation of the disposition of art at the time.

Later in the fleeting recording history of one of the decade's finest acts, the band began to be gravitationally pulled towards the sun of the ego of its vocalist. A direction that divided the group, but The Queen is Dead stands unpolluted by those philosophical imbalances. This is a record that optimizes the potential and contributions of every member equally, uniformly proficient and poignant in staggering detail. The Smiths are chiefly remembered as an 80's ensemble, but this record sounds as unlinked to time as any record in history. Truly, the only thing ordinary about the band was the namesake.

"And now I know how Joan of Arc felt
Now I know how Joan of Arc felt
As the flames rose to her roman nose
And her hearing aid started to melt"

-Bigmouth Strikes Again

Standout Tracks:

1. I Know It's Over
2. There is a Light and It Never Goes Out
3. Bigmouth Strikes Again

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From 05/24/2020 08:29
Great album!
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From 05/17/2020 19:33
The best Smiths album probably because it's the least pretentious: Morrissey is verbose as ever, but it's mostly in service of expressing loneliness (I Know Its Over, There Is A Light) and awareness of how awful of a person he can be (The Queen is Dead, Bigmouth Strikes Again, Frankly Mr Shankly), keeping his philosophical nonsense to a minimum. The Marr-led instrumentation is fantastic as it always is.
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From 04/30/2020 16:44
Essential work, one of my favourites
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From 02/11/2020 17:32
best album of the 80's.
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From 01/29/2020 23:54
Much better than Doolittle, so calm and sweet, love every song.
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Excellent.
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From 11/11/2019 19:32
8.4/10

Very influential and still a solid listen.
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From 09/20/2019 12:33
Solid 8/10 for me. Some of the tracks are weaker than others, but There Is a Light That Never Goes Out, Bigmouth Strikes Again and the Boy With the Thorn in His Side elevate this good album to a great album. There are better Smiths albums out there, but very much a worthwhile listen.
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Best Albums of 1986
1. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
2. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
3. Graceland by Paul Simon
4. So by Peter Gabriel
5. Skylarking by XTC
6. The Colour Of Spring by Talk Talk
7. Reign In Blood by Slayer
8. Licensed To Ill by Beastie Boys
9. Lifes Rich Pageant by R.E.M.
10. EVOL by Sonic Youth
11. Black Celebration by Depeche Mode
12. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
13. Parade by Prince And The Revolution
14. Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? by Megadeth
15. Invisible Touch by Genesis
16. Brotherhood by New Order
17. Somewhere In Time by Iron Maiden
18. True Blue by Madonna
19. Raising Hell by Run-D.M.C.
20. Atomizer by Big Black
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