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Editors’ Notes

For their third studio album, The Smiths subtly expanded their sound for the epic structure of the title track. While still at their best as a singles act, the band could also pull off a cohesive, flowing album and The Queen is Dead remains the band’s most dramatic one, addressing Morrissey’s concerns with everything from stardom (“Frankly, Mr. Shankly”) to celibacy (“Never Had No One Ever”) to his usual arsenal of limitless self-pity (“Bigmouth Strikes Again”). He even proclaims to “know how Joan of Arc felt.” This self-parodic approach pays humorous dividends and works best on the thrilling tingle of the incredibly romantic “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” where he dreamily croons “If a double-decker bus crashes into us / to die by your side / such a heavenly way to die.” There simply was never a band as openly confessional and conversational, so willfully sincere and cheeky. The forlorn, yearning hangover that haunts “The Boy With the Thorn in His Side,” the goofy empathy of "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others," and the inevitable “I Know It’s Over” make The Queen is Dead among the era’s most fascinating releases.

Customer Reviews

Lyrically Incredible

The Queen Is Dead is lyrically my favorite album ever. It's funny, it's poetic, it's emotional, it's pure. Everything falls into place perfectly, but the lyrics are what tie this LP together. Not to mention the absolute wonder music. A must-own album.

Buy This Album

This is the best Smiths album.

My favorite album

This was one of my earliest CD purchases (back when CDs were new) and my first forays outside of the New Wave of the times. This album has stood the test of time for me, and is now my favorite album, almost thirty (!!!) years later. Doesn’t get much better than this.

Biography

Formed: 1982 in Manchester, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

The Smiths were the definitive British indie rock band of the '80s, marking the end of synth-driven new wave and the beginning of the guitar rock that dominated English rock into the '90s. Sonically, the group was indebted to the British Invasion, crafting ringing, melodic three-minute pop singles, even for their album tracks. But their scope was far broader than that of a revivalist band. The group's core members, vocalist Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, were obsessive rock fans inspired by...
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