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Review: The Smiths’ the queen is dead

Artist: The Smiths

Album: The Queen Is Dead (1986)

The Smiths’ third album, The Queen Is Dead, is often thought of being their greatest achievement.  It ably combines all of the styles that they displayed on their first two albums, from the jangle-pop of “Frankly Mr Shankly” to the more hard-biting title track; the band is in excellent form.  Beloved songs like the aforementioned “Frankly Mr Shankly,” are not the strongest points; those instead come in the form of the brit-pop blues of “Never Had No One Ever” and the sinister tongue-in-cheek “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others.”  Other classic songs can also be found in, “Bigmouth Strikes Again” and “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” which offer some of Morrissey’s best writing.

One of the biggest singles, “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side,” has been touted as being Morrissey’s favorite song.  It’s a nice pop song, but I fail to see the real attraction.  The Queen Is Dead is a great album for someone looking for a polished experience of what The Smiths discography has to offer.

4/5

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