This morning I'm listening to "The Queen is Dead" from the Smiths and released in 1986. I've gone through my share of times in my life where The Smiths were the only band on my mind. I was 12 years old when this album came out, so by no means do I know this band from any formative period growing up. Like a lot of artists, I've come at them later in life, and they have always been meaningful in my life. This continues with Morrissey's work as a solo artist as well. I don't get a lot of chance to listen to the Smiths, as my wife is not usually in the mood for anything from Morrissey as a rule. I get it, for every person that could spend hours listening to Neil Young, Morrissey, or Jarvis Cocker - like myself. There are lots of people who cannot even listen to these artists for even one second. It doesn't take away from the joy I get from listening to The Smiths on a sunny and cold morning in the state of Maine. These songs are going down like a fine wine, except I don't drink, so let's say some delicious coffee. It looks like many fans consider this to be the best album they ever did. How did anyone in 1986 make music like this? The music and lyrics are easily seen as a blueprint for many of the bands I like to come.
This is regarded as the best album of all time and I can finally see why. It’s mostly sad and lonely (that’s the Smiths in a nutshell) but Morrissey is self aware and adds a touch of self deprecating humor sprinkled throughout the album. This album is very well written and Morrissey and Marr are so underrated when compared to the greatest rock duos. Do I consider this the best album of all time? No, I'm not even sure if this is the best Smiths album. Now I know how Joan of Arc felt. Recommended tracks: I Know It’s Over, There Is a Light That Never Goes Out, Bigmouth Strikes Again, Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others, and the title track
it's not really that bad, kinda catchy in a weird way. but it definitely is the soundtrack to suicide in some wussy way, like a sleeping pill overdose
Well i was looking forward to this album, but it did dissapoint!!! His voice didnt change tone at all, all songs could have run into each other. Sorry 2 stars
Ahhh, this album is fabulous fun
I was only thinking walking back from work today, I hope I get a Smith's one on the album thing, so I can just splurge on how much I love em. WE CAN GO FOR A WALK WHERE IT'S QUIET & DRY & TALK ABOUT PRECIOUS THINGS.
Man I hate this
But, the Queen still isn't dead. It's still very good, isn't it? Despite Morrissey being Morrissey. Did you know? Harry Enfield and Bob the Builder were in the original line up for The Smiths.
in the words of the super furry animals. 'Let's get juxtaposed, juxtaposed Just suppose I juxtapose with you' The smiths. A band i love as much as any other band, but a band where the singer has shapeshifted in to one of the most loathsome people in the world. i would usually dock points for cretinous lead singers and thats where my juxtaposition lies. do i knobble the whole team for the sake of the star strikers cancerous view of the world or do i risk being a hypocrite and effectively turn into one of those people who loves wacko jackos music so just ignores his noncing? Lets explore. most other cretinous singers rose in their final form as a rancid turd you couldn't flush, but morrissey took the long road. he isn't so much the rancid turd that won't flush he is more the accumulation of years of shite in an uncleaned bog bowl. he is the sidewalls of the trainspotting toilet. the rancid turd and the trainspotting bog are equally as putrid, i wouldn't want to lick either of them and just because one turned up fully formed and the other took time to create doesn't make either more palatable. however, licking the bowl after a couple of years before the build up of shite began is a much more tasteful affair. that couple of years pre shite buildup is the smiths. i use this reasoning to justify my listening to the smiths. its pretty much just after you are the quarry that he got really bad so anything post then will recieve the 'Bono Deduction'. and seeing as how i mentioned wacko jacko earlier i suppose i have to clear that up too or risk sounding like i'm justifying noncing. apparently 1986 was when he got into little boys (metaphorically and physically) so anything before that is fair game anything from the album bad or later is..... bad.
I understand why "There Is A Light..." is so appreciated, it's a fine song. But nothing superlative as far as I'm concerned. Anyway, the sonic landscape is consistently good, a little melancholy but still pop. The pitch-shifting is fun.
Never listened to a full smiths albums, just random songs here and there. In general, I get why. I feel like the Smiths are a band made for the compilation. Good songs, album is ok? IDK.
Morrissey's crooning is so over the top, and his lyrics toe the line between cheeky and earnestly cheesy. But it all somehow works. Favorite Smiths album for me.
Fun little jingle jangle songs that sound happy, lyrically sad, but all in good humor. Not quite my style, but I do appreciate the sound they create. Good for a melancholy mood that needs to be fixed.
I used to hate the Smiths, mainly because I'm not a fan of Morrissey's maudlin vocal stylings, but I've grown to appreciate them over the years. Still not a huge fan of the vocals but I liked the music on this quite a bit. 3 stars.
A sad, forlorn, and frankly delivered album from the mid-80's that is just as catchy as it is critical of humanity. Must be The Smiths.
Reveals how much Smiths songs need a gimmick, not to mention a kick up the arse. The evidence is I Know It's Over, Never Had No One Ever and The Boy with the Thorn in His Side, which slump too comfortably into their favourite armchair. But everywhere else, they land on something unusual to give the elliptical storytelling, bummed-out vocals and chipper guitar the lift they need. That's a win for form. As for content, only time will tell if I can find any sort of emotional communion with Morrisey. For now, I'm happy to chuckle at his prickly phrasemaking.
It's like listening to the same song over and over again for an hour. Pretty bad in my opinion.
well of course this is here <3
9.5/10 FT: Tie between Bigmouth and There is a Light
This is one of the best albums of my life. Absolute masterpiece
Esse eu conheço de cor, hoje em dia eu não me identifico tanto com algumas letras, mas são muito boas e o instrumental é perfeito.
Most Excellent, Bigmouth Strikes Again is a bop
This album doesn’t need any more words written about it. So there’s 10. Fuck 13. FUCK
How have I not explored this band yet?! 🤤 Beyond the beautiful album, I found a forever favorite song - Cemetry Gates.
Always great to listen to.
so fucking good wtf
Great Album. Loved "Cemetry Gates" and "Big Mouth Strikes Again" "The Queen is Dead" Overall unique songwriting and sounds
Characteristic, precise, memorable-- a really good band hitting the peak of their creativity.
Best album of the 80's shirley? 6 out of 5. Cemetery Gates the highlight. Tend to skip Never Had No One Ever but the rest makes up for it
Had heard before but an absolute classic - probably their best album with 3 or 4 all time great songs (TIALTNGO, Cemetery Gates, Bigmouth, Frankly, TBWATIHS)
Made me vote for Brexit
I think this is an excellent album. I feel like most of the tracks are different enough from each other to be recognizable but similar enough to have the same vibe throughout the album. Of course, we see their classic The Light Never Goes Out and one of my favorites by them. A couple of my other favorites of this album are Frankly, Mr. Shankly, and Bigmouth Strikes Again. This is a classic Smiths album and definitely worth a listen.
Despite the Morrisey of it all, this remains an absolutely excellent album.
Delighted to be reacquainted with this gem of an album. A blend of all there is to love about the Smiths and side 2 contains some magnificent singles. The chorus of ‘ there is a light’ is one of the greatest of all time.
The queen is dead, long live the smiths
Zalig stemgeluid. Voldoende variatie in de nummers. Fijne ontdekking.
S/O Matt Hammel ❤️
Wow, and to think I only ever knew them for one song. What an incredible album.
Three great tracks here
I like! Songs dieses Albums höre ich immer wieder gerne und werde das auch in 30 Jahren noch tun.
Debo escuchar más temas de esta banda
Beautiful melodies and storytelling through lyrics. Wonderful listen throughout
I absolutely love this album! Melancholy and funny with a delivery that only Morrissey could pull off.
This one took me a while to warm up to, but it's a perfect example of an album that's greater than the sum of its parts. Excellent sequencing and crystal-clear production really highlight some strong songwriting and playing. Morrissey's lyrics alternate between being poignantly wounded and a hilarious asshole. Johnny Marr must be one of the most influential pop guitar players ever - rarely (if ever) playing what could amount to a guitar solo, he instead makes some extremely unorthodox rhythm playing look effortless. The rhythm section is similarly un-flashy but rock solid, elevating strong material. "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" and "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" are a few of the best 80s Alternative tracks out there. It's rare to find a full album with no filler or songs that need to be trimmed, but it's a classic for a reason.
Really nice album Good voice, warm sound 5/5
5/5 - It's The Smiths!
The anthem of gymnasiet. Visste innan att det såklart är en femma. Vill dö av Johnny Marrs gitarrslingor för att sedan begravas i Morrisseys röst. Att han är ett rasistiskt as väljer jag att skita i. Jag kan inte uppskatta hur många gånger jag fantiserat om mig ståendes i skolans aula, med öm röst sjungandes "OH MOTHER, I CAN FEEL THE SOOIL FAALLING DOOWN ON MY HEEEEEEAAD, AAAHAAAH AHHH YEAH" samtidigt som alla skolans tjejer imaginärt kastar sina trosor upp på scenen. Bästa låt: Alla, egentligen. Men går inte att komma ifrån There Is A Light
Really enjoyed this album when I’m usually into more intense albums! Don’t even know what makes it so good. Maybe the vibes. 9.5/10.
Probably the best album ever…it does not get much better than this.
Music sounds good when people play good but then when people are bad sometimes music sounds bad but morrisey is bad and sounds good so that is good and not bad. 5 star for me please Mr Vegan
Oh Mozza, why did you have to go and ruin it? Ya silly racist.
Excelent album. Perfect in all sense
Funny sadness. Clever lyrics.
This album. If I had 10 stars to award it, I would. Heck, 50 stars. It's one of my favorite albums, one of a few I've really been looking forward to rating. This was one of the first albums that was formative toward my taste in music, my obsessions over music, my love of music. I could go on all day over what it means to me, but I won't. Look at their Wiki, look at what others have to say about it. This is an exceptional album that is highly regarded and highly influential. There are multiple genres of music that trace back to this band and probably this album specifically. Given that it seems Morrissey goes out of his way to be disliked, that speaks volumes about the depth and quality of this album, the band, and yes, Morrissey himself. All that aside, it's just lovely to listen to. The songs are melodic, jangly, full of great hooks. Marr is in top form here, using a guitar in ways no one had really thought about before. It's like listening to an impressionist painting. I love the tonal shifts between the more irreverent songs (like "Queen," "Vicar" and "Shankly") and the sweet, pensive songs (like "I Know It's Over" and "There is a Light"). I am endlessly amused that the band everyone accuses of being so serious ends their best album with a song about, well, boobs. That's funny. The album is full of classics that are even better after repeat listenings. The Queen may get older, but The Queen is Dead hasn't really aged a day. Fave songs: Bigmouth Strikes Again, There is a Light that Never Goes Out, The Boy with a Thorn in His Side, I Know It's Over
If there ever was an album prescient of and apropos for Quarantimes, it is The Queen is Dead. Just as Schitt’s Creek was, surprisingly, exactly what many of us needed in the dark winter of 2020-2021 (YOU fold it in!), this album is just what I need as this Bullshit Period of Time takes a spiraling turn. There IS a light and it NEVER goes out. If David Rose were to write an album, this would be his album. In fact, David Rose reminds me of Morrissey. I know, I know—Morrissey is a little like crappy whiskey: syrupy, trying to be something bigger/more important than he actually is, hard to swallow, too much of him gives you a headache. And yes, he is 100% Brit-dick of the ages. (see: https://www.spin.com/2017/11/morrissey-defends-kevin-spacey-and-harvey-weinstein-saying-victims-shouldve-known-what-could-happen/) But early/mid 1980s Morrissey was a kinder, gentler version. Kind of like how David Rose—and Schitt’s Creek overall—evolved into a kinder, gentler version of himself. And this album, for me, reminds me of when I, too, was a kinder, gentler version of myself. Just a few notes from me: -The opening drums! My beloved They Might Be Giants once made fun of the Smiths for their “boom-chick” drums—The Queen is Dead stands in opposition to that critique. -Cemetry Gates is one of the songs that inspired me to learn the guitar and still one of my favorite little riffs. “A dreaded sunny day” portended my eventual feelings about living in Los Angeles. -Johnny Marr's technique and melodic lines and expressiveness shines here. And I think shows the signal that he's ready to move onto bigger and better things like The Pretenders. -His alliterative references get me every time. Loud, loutish lover. Monkish monsignor. Ten ton truck. -Randy Jackson would most certainly comment on his “pitchy-ness” throughout. But rather than try to be all fancy with my rare reviews, I’ll just let the lyrics speak for themselves as certainly relevant for this turbulent time. Since you’ve asked you are a flatulent pain in the ass. Some girls are bigger than others, some girls’ mothers are bigger than other girls’ mothers. (True? Yes. Relevance? None.) A vicar in a tutu, he’s not strange; he just wants to live his life this way. It’s so easy laugh, it’s so easy to hate, it takes strength to be gentle and kind. Life is very long when you’re lonely. #covid #quarantimes Take me out tonight Because I want to see people And I want to see life There IS a light and it NEVER goes out.
The Smiths. Sí que es para tenerlo en vinilo, sí...
I used to hate The Smiths. Without having heard most of their work, I judged it as mopey, self-flagellating posturing from an arrogant bigot. This all changed five years ago, when I was cornered by an aggressively enthusiastic fan in a club toilet to explain exactly what I didn't like. I haplessly explained that, well, as a guitarist, it was impossible not to appreciate Johnny Marr's playing. The rhythm section were tight too. So was it Morrissey? Well, I did like some of his lyrics. He certainly had a way with words. So..... his vocals, then? Actually, vocal imperfections don't bother me too much- it's the heart of the song that matters most to me. So what was my problem?! I went home, listened to this album soon after, and realised I had been a fool for shutting them out on impulse. It quickly became an absolute classic: the surging momentum of the opening track with its hilarious stream-of-consciousness lyric (there is so much more humour here than casual listeners give the Smiths credit for); the magnificent melodic run of upbeat-but-caustic-but-wistful "Cemetry Gates" to "Boy with the Thorn..."; the heartbreakers "I Know It's Over" (my all-time favourite Smiths song) and of course, "There Is A Light...". Morrissey is still an arrogant bigot, but in this case he can take my five stars and shove them up his arse.
Pure talent y'all.
10/7 Incredible pop album.
An acerbic indie classic
5.0 + "Oh, mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head..."
Nearly perfect blend of Smiths style rock and roll and there knack for beautiful melodies and poignant t ballads. Has some of The Smiths best songs. I loved this album when it was released and still do today. 5 🌟
Great pop record
Frankly Mr. Shankly - favorite I know it's over reminds me of a depressing prom song.
Amazing! Loved it from the first second to the last
Ahh.... The whining of Johnny Marrs guitars and the whining of Morrisey. Back to the good old days when Morrisey wasn't a controversial figure! Marr & Morrisey at their height here, Morrisey's poetry and Johnny's searing guitar licks. Lovely stuff, you can hear the Detroit influences of Iggy and the MC5 in the heart of the tunes throughout here. My favourites..... Gotta be "The Queen Is Dead" (Life is very long....when your lonely)"Big Mouth Strikes Again" & "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" & for fun "Frankly Mr Shankly" and of course "There's A Light That Never Goes Out"
Love The Smiths, love this album.
I prefer Meat Is Murder but this is arguably their peak.
I danced down to the knees
Listened to this album while I walked Jake to Grams. Love this one.
Smiths - always good. Some girls bigger than others is on this album... been looking for that song.
Liked it, just something about that it makes it easy listening and feel good
Wish there was more difference between songs but most songs are solid
I honestly liked this album a lot more than I thought I was going to. There's lots neat little instrumental choices that fit the songs very well. Morrisey is not my favorite person on the Earth, but his voice sounds really good here and the lyrics are good
Good stuff. I enjoyed this much more than expected
I like it.
"I want to go down in musical history", they say on this album. I'm no historian, so I can't comment on how that went, but the tunes were groovy enough to justify that ambition. I feel that if I listen to it a few times, this album will grow on me. It has the makings of something that is entertaining and soothing at the same time. Something that I could chill out on a Friday evening listening to while basking in the satisfaction of a week well spent.
Nothing i've really listened to before, but i like it!
Good shiz. Would listed to more of the smiths
I really like this album, it has a very chill aesthetic. Probs gonna add some of the songs to my camping playlist.
Really enjoyed this one
First listen of that album but I know Morrissey well. He didn't ever change his style, did he?
Pretty good singing!
Great rock album! Smiths are 2 for 2 with me so far!
Hilarious Morrissey voice cracks throughout. The music sounds like it’s about halfway between the Beatles and the Cure. No song stood out as super good and I didn’t really like Frankly, Mr. Shankly or Vicar in a Tutu bc they just sounded kinda creepy. Morrissey’s voice is also pretty bad but I think the songwriting and the interesting vocal melodies tend to play to his voice and make it more manageable. Upon further listening it’s actually pretty good.
So many great tracks, this album improves with age.
Overall liked it, sounded decent and interesting/goofy lyrics made up for the fact that it sounds pretty mopey throughout.
Storytelliiiiiiing. This album is great
This is one that my dad plays a lot. Overall I really like it but on some songs the moodiness gets to me. Favs are the queen is dead, there is a light that never goes out, and bigmouth strikes again
Dit is wel fine muziek
Loved it but I already loved it
Have you heard of The Smiths? I hear they're terrif!
Depressing but good
Love me some Smiths. Not perfect due to some boring songs.
Positief verrast door dit album. Erg melancholisch, maar toch gevarieerd en net iets opgewekter dan ik had verwacht volgens wat ik al kende van The Smiths
Really good album. I know it’s over is one of my all time favourite songs.
A blast from the past. Haven't listened to this in close to 20 years. Still like it better than "Meat is Murder"
I had this on heavy rotation in my early post-grad years. Some quality cuts scattered throughout, enough to make it worth listening through. Except for "Frankly Mr Shankly" and "Vicar in a TuTu", bleh. The existence of those (imo) stinkers knocks it down a star for me.
Nummers die zichzelf niet opdringen. Ideaal voor achtergrondmuziek.
Hit! Vielleicht wären es mit lupenreiner Weste fünf Sterne geworden und die Diskussion hat mich doch etwas beeinflusst.
Einfach gut, eingängige Songs mit melancholischem Feeling. Ich liebe dieses Album, lange nicht gehört.
Have already listened prior to today, but a pretty damn good album. Best song - bigmouth strikes again
Great breakup album
es como blur pero un poco más normie y a la vez un poco más rarito hard to explain
For better or worse, this album is tattooed on my brain.
Very 80's but it sounds good 4
Weird. And weird is good. Probably it'll be good to listen to it another time.
3.5 rounded up for the singles. Some lovely bass lines. Shame about Morrissey's whole... personality.
Not the best thing to listen to first thing on a Monday morning, but I like
Not bad, my dad liked this music
I really do love the Smiths. I find them very nostalgic for my teenage years. This is a great album with some bangers. Only lost a star because Morrissey is a c*nt.
Fantastic songs on hear. Really enjoyed it and relistening to songs I don't listen to very often
My first Smiths album! I remember hearing There Is a Light at work and being like "what is this??" - I think I listened to nothing but the smiths for months after that. Definitely a memorable album for me.
Nice classic soond
It was nice and a good eye opener. Not my cup of tea.
Teenage me would have given this 6 stars. Adult me wasn’t quite as captivated, and possibly conflicted by Morrissey becoming so horrendous.
Galna pangare som vanligt!
Love it. Not a consistent album by any means but up there for me.
Pretty good. Probably need more listens to really get it
Morrissey is a prick but points for being formative to my teenage self
Not great, not awful.
Better than I expected
Good but boring
Favorites: The Queen Is Dead, Frankly, Mr. Shankly, Bigmouth Strikes Again Gets droopy after first two tracks.
This one probably deserves another listen
Cemetery gates fav 3/5
Good. Sounds like The Smiths. Enjoyed it but didn't leave a mark.
I can only take so much of The Smiths but if I had to listen to one album this would be it
Not my type of jams
Emo for the win!
Didn't really enjoy it as much as I thought I would. At some points it approached the Piper-At-The-Gates-of-Dawn absurdity, but never seemed to have the courage to cross that line, which left the weirdness feeling awkward rather than fascinating. A few very good tracks, through.
Starkaste av dem 4 jag redan hört. skoent ljud och en solklar 3.5
I really only like one song by the smiths.
La neta es que musicalmente no es TAN malo.
First time listening to the smiths. Pretty solid
pretty solid rock music. worth diving into this bands disco further
I've never really been a Smiths person. I do like the production quality of the album.
I like the Smiths when I listen to their songs on their own. The song writing on this album is interesting but it wasn't my favorite album.
I Cannot Fucking Wait Til Morrissey Dies [FLAC, 2018] (5/10, quite tame)
Bass sounds good, compressed and lots of delay on the guitar. Totally 80s haha!
He really wants his mom to know that he can feel! Bigmouth is pretty groovy but it sounds like he's saying Big mac I think this is a good album but it's just not my kind of music
By the time this album was released, I was growing weary of the Smiths, and especially Morrissey’s whining vocals. Guitarist Johnny Marr says that this is his favourite album but it could be because this is their last album, I think, and artists tend to become embarrassed of the earliest more sophomoric works. Bigmouth Strikes Again is one of my favourite Smiths songs, fabulous guitar, and There is a Light that Never Goes Out, based on the number of cover versions out there, has staying power, not to mention a hilarious chorus. The rest, meh.
Most of the songs are good but it's a tough listen all at once
Some big classics, but not completely for me.
De gekende nummers springen er een beetje uit. Aangenaam verrast van het eerste. Maar na een tijdje is het toch wel telkens hetzelfde liedje dat je hoort.
I've never really given The Smiths any time, I know the classics but that's it. I never really felt that they were my kind of thing, but after listening to this I do get it, can see how people do rate them and connect with them. Kinda arty, lyrics are about struggling with the paradox of life. Gonna rate it 3 cos I do appreciate it but I'd need to give it more time to appreciate it fully, probably rate it higher if I listened to it more. 3/5
Personal experiences sprinkled throughout the album. Songwriting at its best.
Yeah, this was alright. I like the style but I didn't think it was anything really special.
Thought it was okay. Some good tracks, but still don't like The Smiths.
I think there are other more interesting singles from them but not a bad album
me pareció un poco tipico album pollavieja que los boomers siguen viendo como obra maestra exceptuando tres o cuatro canciones que estaban bien y me gustaron ademas he de admitir que la voz del cantante me estresaba un poco
If it's my current vibe you know sad and kind of not understanding the value of life it's pretty good I didnt listen to it often.
Like the second song Kind of slow rock Chill and easy to listen to Good vibes Short album
Not a bad listen. Has good moments
Heads need quiet spaces to appreciate this album. Pretty good and inoffensive
Good music, mot my music
Nunca le había entrado a The Smiths, conocía solo unas pocas rolas y apenas ubicaba a Morrissey por su mala reputación de cancelar conciertos al último momento. La verdad es que no me parecío nada malo musicalmente hablando. Algunas canciones son incluso pegajosas y entretenidas. Mi único punto bajo es que la voz de Morrissey no es de mi total agrado y de hecho me parece que hace intencionalmente ese tono tan nasal que es característico pero que a mi gusto satura el oído. Sí me deja con un par de rolas que puedo volver a escuchar y si sale otro disco de ellos no lo vería tan mal.
Pretty good considering the lead singer is a shit racist.
Second Morrissey in a week, and my first album from The Smiths. It's well done, but my favorite. I can see a bit of influence on later, heavier bands that I like, like Pop Will Eat Itself.
Bigmouth Strikes Again is definitely my favorite song on this album
Didn't enjoy because of Morrissey although there were one or two catchy numbers.
Acquired taste the Smiths. Not for me.
Overrated. Good, not great.
The Smiths are dated now and Morrisey being Morrisey and all, they've caught some flack. This album doesn't hold up as much today, but spoke of the times and was influential to so much of the later and current music we have now.
Great voice. Good sound. Indie rock.
I wanted to hate this. Instead I was just mildly annoyed. Best track: There is a Light that Never Goes Out
Solid, full of hits
Leading with this to make a belaboured and petulant yet important point: Morrissey is a pitiful racist shit-for-brains asshole. now then... Morrissey was the stereotypical epitome of mopey British whiny music that I thought I loathed while I was in high school. It's likely that outside of a lousy party or three I'd never listened to more than 4 straight minutes of The Smiths. But seeing as high school was a long time ago :P maybe this means I'm now a whiny British mope? Or at least I'm able to see past the vocals because what is wrong with me...I'm now starting to enjoy The Cure and Depeche Mode and...this first song kinda kicks ass? "The Queen is Dead" and apparently so are my previously-held musical blocks because this is a great song. There's so much more variety than I'd expected on this album - the first two cuts move along nicely and then "I Know It's Over" starts in and just when you think it might be a little too slow and dull, there's just the right musical touch - the string lines, a faint clean guitar riff - that adds the perfect colour and takes the song to the next level. Other standouts for me: "Never Had No One Ever" is haunting and "Cemetry Gates" has some tremendous guitar work. I definitely overlooked this band to my detriment - the music is melodic and sad (predictable, that) and quite lovely, and for the most part the oddly-coiffed goose-stepper behind the mic doesn't sound too bad on many of these although he definitely goes off the rails or just grows tiring on a few for me. In particular the final two "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" and "Some Girls..." would have been better without him, or maybe just different lyrics. All in all, pretty enjoyable and enlightening. Morrissey can still get stuffed with a well-done steak though. 7/10 3 stars
it was better than i’d thought, the singing was a little droopy and monotone but i did like the music overall. some of it was really spread out unnecessarily, but it was good.
I'm kind of surprised that this album (and the Smiths in general) is so popular. It's not bad by any means, but it's pretty unspecial to me and just has SO many plays!
Decent album - i love there is a light that never goes out, but no other real standout tracks.
A few really good songs- There is Light, Boy With the Thorn, Bigmouth. The Smiths don't make bad songs and same goes for this one although Frankly Mr Shankly is teetering on the edge. Either way, there's a good reason the Smiths have like 500 compilation albums and a couple of them are what most people who are casual Smiths fans know them by. The hits are great, the rest of it is average.
Vähän tylsä ja pitkä levy ilman suurempia tuntemuksia.
It's hard to rate this album - it's certainly influential and there are a couple of great tracks like \"Bigmouth strikes again\" and \"There is a light that never goes out\", but then there are terribly stupid lyrics (\"Some girls are bigger than others\") and mopey lyrics (\"Never had no one ever\"). Also, I don't care for Morrissey.
Tough one. I love big mouth, and I like the bopping feel of some of the songs. But the slightly off key moaning/mumbling just isn’t for me. The Smiths are more than three stars, but not today.
I know this album is iconic but just doesn't do it for me.
It was dope but I didn’t really like it
Good guitar work from Johnny Marr, but Morrissey is (a) a fascist, and (b) a smug-ass prick
slower than I prefer for rock, some strange sounds. Lacks any sort of oomph. Overall very meh
meh. all fun and good music until morrissey starts singing. few good catchy ones. indie rock pop.
De weba... es todo
I'm not sure if I've ever heard the smiths before. Voice sounds familiar. 6xx/Valhalla.
...80's... My struggle to appreciate it continues and this album did nothing to bring me closer to enlightenment. This dudes melodies are just.... non existent. This is up there with some of the worst we have heard yet to my ears.
Definitely don’t like this as much as “Strangeways...” It’s not bad but some of it makes me roll my eyes.
The lyrics and singing were eh. But the instrumentals were spot on. Was never a big fan of Morrissey.
A bit whiny to be honest. Flow from one song to the next not noticing at all that it’s a different one. It just all sounds sad and slow.
Smiths are good but still feel samey - there is a light is amazing tho
This album came out in my second year of uni and it certainly was a huge hit in the American (and I would imagine at least European if not elsewhere) university set (yes, I'm generalizing, but that was my experience). Heard it at nearly every gathering for about a year. I liked it, I think I bought it (can't remember), but I lost interest after a while from a combination of hearing it too much and just moving on to other music. I haven't heard it in decades. I must admit that as I listened just now, I was bored. Really bored. I recall hearing Morrisey's voice back then and liking that it was different from most pop/rock bands. I'm surprised to say this now, but to me when I hear him now he sounds like someone imitating Morrissey, and not in a flattering way. And while I can definitely appreciate the skill of the musicians, both in writing and performing, I just wasn't engaged with any of it.
loool no why ok fine
Only just listenable, highly repetitive, singer has droning flat voice. Really did not enjoy. I was excited when the Smiths came up, as a band I knew of by reputation only and am familiar with some of Johnny Marr's other works but was super disappointed by this album.
Siento que me va a gustar, increiblemente nunca escuche The Smiths. Bueno no fue muy acertado mi pronostico de que me podia gustar. Es bastante repetitivo y abajo. Nose porque crei que la musica seria mas arriba.
My dislike of the Morrissey’s voice knocks this album down 1 star. In the song The Queen Is Dead, a character he wrote self-deprecatingly agrees, "Eh, I know you, and you cannot sing" If there were a strong lead singer instead, maybe it’s a 2 star drop. Unfortunate because I like the music.
I believe the Smiths are severely overrated. The music is boring to me, the vocals uninspired. Aside from how I feel about Morrisey personally*, I find his voice to be limited in range and full of whiny over-emoting. The music is largely simplistic and the lyrics are a sophomoric retread of teenage angsty introspection. I can't give it 1 star, because there is certainly much worse stuff on this list. But it barely makes a 2 for me. *I think his picture is next to the word "douche" in the dictionary.
I gave Morrissey a chance. And in doing so, at times during this record, I thought his voice worked - it fits the music and creates something cohesive, if not quite my bag. Other times I felt like it was just too much, not really fitting with the track, and sometimes just overwhelming the instrumentation. Where it works - "Cemetry Gates," "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side," "There is a Light That Never Goes Out." Where it doesn't - "Frankly, Mr. Shankly" and "Vicar With a Tutu" to great extent, and everywhere else a bit? After three tracks I liked the Smiths less than I had before listening to this album. (Only had heard some singles.) After the full album I liked them a little bit more than before beginning. So I don't know where I'm at. I would really like to look up some covers of some of these songs, to hear what they are like without Morrissey's vocal indulgences. Sometimes voices "work" in interesting places/arrangements. Morrissey's voice fits very well with the vibe and instrumentation of "There is a Light That Never Goes Out," though I don't really like the song. As I write this while listening to "Siamese Dream," I can only think about how Billy Corgan has a unique voice that probably wouldn't work in a lot of arrangements? Yet I think it weirdly fits amazingly well with the Smashing Pumpkins' sound. Morrissey's voice just doesn't always meld in that same magical way with the Smith's sound so that vocals and instrumentals elevate each other.
Never really listened to the Smiths, now i see why... that was pretty boring. 80's british pop pretty much.
I've always kinda liked a few songs by The Smiths (Boy with the thorn..., girlfriend in a coma, there is a light...) but this is the first time I've listened to this album. The two big hitters here are still the better tracks, but I've now resigned to the fact that I just don't enjoy Morrissey's style of singing - his Kermit the Frog tone, and his way of SPLAT-ing his voice onto a note just to the side of a more melodic one. The latter made a lot of the songs sound like he was just trialling his lyrics in a first sing through kinda way. Anyway, just okay to me. Don't quite understand the hype around this band, but I'm no longer gonna worry about "getting" them. 2.5/5
Quiero que me gusten los Smiths, de verdad. Pero nunca he podido. Una canción aquí o allá, sí, pero nunca un álbum completo. Creo que es culpa de Morrisey por un par de razones diferentes. Primero, no conocí a la banda bien sino hasta ya mediados de mis veintes, con cierta cantidad de bagaje, referencias y gustos encima; probablemente de haber sido un adolescente en los 80, me hubieran encantado como música contemporánea. Número dos, la voz de Morrisey siempre me ha molestado y no puedo superarlo; no tengo un problema con la manera en que la imposta medio femenina, eso es solo un estilo y está bien; pero tiene una entonación de vergüenza y no puede cantar tres notas seguidas en tono ni por su vida. Tiene una voz muy propia, que entiendo por qué puede llamarle a algunos, pero a mí no me va. La siguiente cosa acerca de Morrisey es que, desde que tengo memoria, siempre ha estado en una línea que va de lo desagradable a lo poco profesional, pasando por la patanería, un gigantesco complejo de superioridad y hasta de vez en cuando con sus tintes pseudoracistas. No tengo un solo recuerdo positivo que me venga a la mente sobre él como persona de ningún comentario, referencia, entrevista ni nada; separar al artista del arte y blah blah blah pero en este caso particular eso realmente me estropea escucharlos. Es con ese trasfondo que vengo a escuchar este disco y lo que es todavía más dificil es que REALMENTE me gusta la música. Es rock alternativo suave musicalmente muy bien hecho, quizá si no tuviera a Morrissey si bien no serían mi máximo me dejaría llevar un poco más y sería más laxo. Suenan cabrón a R.E.M. con un toque británico y sí, musicalmente es simplemente genial. Tal vez, si pasara tiempo con uno de sus discos, podría llegar a tolerar o incluso a disfrutar de su voz. Simplemente no veo por qué debería hacer eso por alguien que no parece una buena persona. ¿Quizá mi opción es buscar una versión instrumental?
Kinda overrated imo. I would go as far as to say this is the weakest Smiths album.
some entertaining songs and some interesting ones but overall not my thing
First Listen. Morrissey's voice: good or annoying. Couple good songs. Need to hear more. 2/5.
Not very remarkable, weird lyrics "some girls are bigger than others". Personally not interesting.
Ei antanut oikeastaan yhtään mitään. Pari skippasin ku kävi tylsäks. Usein varsinkin laulu nimenomaan oli plääh
Second Listen. I enjoy some of the songs. Stand out tracks: I Know it's Over. Bigmouth Strikes Again, The Boy with The Thorn in His Side.
For noe jævla møl
Well at least it was short. Whiny goth music. "I sure hope we die by getting hit by this truck" and the super insightful "Some girls ARE bigger than others"
Kinda boring. Didn’t feel like an album I needed to hear.
Sad music for sad people
Claro que no
The Smiths are so frustrating! Had the rest of the band not met Morrissey, and had stumbled into a different singer, they could have been a great band. Some would say they are great already, they are wrong. Musically it's all quite nice, the odd song here and there is even almost bearable, but he really has to go. Another voice here would be glorious. Horrible little man.
Fucking soppy wet lettuce. The queen is alive you slag!
The Queen Is Dead starts out strong. The backbeat on the title cut is overly insistent, but the dense web of Johnny Marr's guitars makes this tune compelling, if overlong, and Morrisey's vocal is at least not offkey. Things swiftly go downhill from there. The ghastly oompah-pah beat of Frankly Mr. Shankly dooms it out of the gate. I Know It's Over is an update of 50s doowop, a nothing composition with a with a melodramatic delivery by Morrisey; he's constantly threatening to go out of tune; it's fucking awful. But what really sinks The Queen Is Dead is the uncreative songwriting; it's a compendium of cliches without a wrinkle of originality to be found anywhere, at least musically speaking. I didn't really pay attention to the lyrics. It didn't take me long to start to really resent Morrisey's melodies, though. They cycle through similar strategies. In particular, he's fond of endlessly arpeggiating between the tonic and the third of the song's key. Every song's melody is approached in this modal fashion. It's beyond boring. On Bigmouth Strikes Again, The Smiths find a new way to be annoying; the harmonies are sped up to sound like the Chipmunks. On the evidence of this album, it's a mystery why The Smiths had any sort of career. Wait, that's right, it was the 80s, possibly the biggest nadir of popular culture in the last 60 years. They fit right in. Other than my praise of the title cut, the only nice thing I can say is that the awful synthesizers are kept in the back of the mix and the production doesn't stink of the late 80s.
God I hate The Smiths.
in my blood bought vinyl day 1
Not bad. Sounds like The Smiths. Can hear where The Cure gets a LOT of their sound from (ironically fronted by one Robert Smith). Overall; I liked it.
Greatest album ever written! 5 Stars