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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
Average Rating: 
88/100 (from 2,189 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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From Unicynical 10/04/2018 09:22
Top 3:
Bigmouth Strikes Again / The Boy With The Thorn In His Side / There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Highlights:
The Queen Is Dead / Frankly Mr Shankly / Cemetery Gates / Vicar In A Tutu
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From imimesis 09/27/2018 14:16
One of those albums that you have to come back to realize its brilliance, but certainly doesn't stand out as "Wow this is a freaking masterpiece for the ages." In fact, I may rate one or two of The Smiths other albums higher than this one.
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From nocturnaldelight 09/27/2018 09:05
One of my favourite Smiths albums with some great songs and witty lyrics. I even bought a new Vinyl LP recently because the original got lost on the journey through my life.

Favorite tracks:

The Queen is Dead
Cemetry Gates
Bigmouth Strikes Again
The Boy With The Thorn in his Side
There I A Light That Never Goes Out
Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others

But it's a mixed bag because I don't really like "Vicar In A Tutu" and a lot of the A-Side tracks.

The 2017 Deluxe Edition has two extra CDs with demos and live versions. But I think the live performances on "Rank" are better and the only preferred demo track is "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others". (album rating: 67%)
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From antaiospiano 09/25/2018 07:15
Some of the songs I can actually relate to some of the songs, but I still don’t feel them. Never had no one ever sounds like he wrote it first and then just was like “well, I guess I have to sing it now. Okay band, we want to sound like Joy Division but without everything that makes it sound good”. The slower songs are even more boring.
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From maicenstuart 04/25/2018 16:04
This album is my favorite album from the 80's without a doubt. Incredible lyrics and a very smooth flow throughout the album.
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From AvalancheGrips 04/19/2018 23:52
The songwriting on this album is amazing. This is easily the best from the Smiths.
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From micah88800 04/06/2018 03:25
The Smiths are my favorite band of the 80s hands down, and this is their true masterpiece. Not putting this at number 1 was a hard decision for me, because I literally cant count how many times I've hard all these songs. And they dont get old. Its weird, I literally cannont get tired of this album, no matter how much I hear it. Its just too perfect. I could probably write an essay on each and every song. If I had to pick one song for you to take from this masterpiece, it would probably be "I Know Its Over". One of those songs where the lyrics and the music couldn't be more in unison. Its heartbreaking and uplifting and was eerily relate able to me at the time I was getting into the Smiths. This record has Johnny Marr is at his absolute best with his Jangle Style and lofty guitar work. You can't not love this album. Period.
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From Simon_bramhall 03/24/2018 16:40
Let’s start with I’m not a Smith’s fan. My reason for making this point is that I’m not reviewing this from a biased fan base point of view, in fact probably the opposite could be said. However, I love this album - strong from start to finish and it is in my 100 favorite albums list. If you are not a Smith’s fan check this album out, it might not make you fall in love with the rest of their catalogue but at least you can admire as I have the quality and artistry of a well made collection of songs.
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From JackCox 03/20/2018 22:53
Almost half this album has my favorite songs of theirs. This is without a doubt one of my desert island discs. Could listen to There's a Light That Never Goes Out and Cemetry Gates over and over again and not get bored.
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