Queen Is Dead

Performers The Smiths

Sire | March 17, 1988 | Compact Disc

Queen Is Dead is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
The Smiths: Morrissey (vocals); Johnny Marr (guitar); Andy Rourke (bass); Mike Joyce (drums). Recorded in England in winter 1985. All songs written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr. Arguably the Smiths' masterpiece, THE QUEEN IS DEAD found the band at the artistic apex of a career that knew few lows. More than any of their other albums, THE QUEEN IS DEAD represents the elegance, craftsmanship and humor for which the Smiths are remembered. Opening the album, the explosive title track is filled with vintage punk-era iconoclastic rage, wherein Morrissey tears at the very fabric of the British monarchy atop the howling feedback and swirling chords of Johnny Marr and the pounding fury of Rourke and Joyce (whose punk roots were never so apparent). THE QUEEN IS DEAD also contains some of the band's most disarmingly beautiful work. "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" bears a lush accompaniment and utterly miserable lyric, while the chiming, heavenly atmosphere of "The Boy With A Thorn In His Side," as convincing an ode to the sensitive outcast as has ever been penned. "Bigmouth Strikes Again," the album's most recognizable tune, is a dizzying adrenaline rush. And the upbeat tunesmanship of Marr was never in sharper contrast with Morrissey's lyrical ire than on the bouncy, wistful "Cemetry Gates."

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 17, 1988

Genre: Alternative

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1986

Label Name: Sire

UPC: 075992542623

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unlike anything ever made By the time The Smiths recorded The Queen is Dead, they had already a few records under their belt. A bit more experience, a bit more comedy and stunning musicianship makes this a wild ride. From the urgent, dangerous title track to the emotional "I Know it's Over" to the adrenaline rush of "Bigmouth Strikes Again" to the depressingly romantic "There is a Light That Never Goes Out," listeners will realize why the Smiths were the greatest band since The Beatles. Dim the lights and enjoy...
Date published: 2001-01-24

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Queen Is Dead

Performers The Smiths
Producer Johnny Marr, Morrissey
Engineer John Porter, Stephen Street

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 17, 1988

Genre: Alternative

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1986

Label Name: Sire

UPC: 075992542623


Title Track Time
1.Queen Is Dead, The {a} --
2.Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty {a} --
3.Frankly, Mr. Shankly --
4.I Know It's Over --
5.Never Had No One Ever --
6.Cemetry Gates --
7.Bigmouth Strikes Again --
8.Boy With The Thorn In His Side, The --
9.Vicar In A Tutu --
10.There Is A Light That Never Goes Out --
11.Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others --

Editorial Notes

The Smiths: Morrissey (vocals); Johnny Marr (guitar); Andy Rourke (bass); Mike Joyce (drums). Recorded in England in winter 1985. All songs written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr. Arguably the Smiths' masterpiece, THE QUEEN IS DEAD found the band at the artistic apex of a career that knew few lows. More than any of their other albums, THE QUEEN IS DEAD represents the elegance, craftsmanship and humor for which the Smiths are remembered. Opening the album, the explosive title track is filled with vintage punk-era iconoclastic rage, wherein Morrissey tears at the very fabric of the British monarchy atop the howling feedback and swirling chords of Johnny Marr and the pounding fury of Rourke and Joyce (whose punk roots were never so apparent). THE QUEEN IS DEAD also contains some of the band's most disarmingly beautiful work. "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" bears a lush accompaniment and utterly miserable lyric, while the chiming, heavenly atmosphere of "The Boy With A Thorn In His Side," as convincing an ode to the sensitive outcast as has ever been penned. "Bigmouth Strikes Again," the album's most recognizable tune, is a dizzying adrenaline rush. And the upbeat tunesmanship of Marr was never in sharper contrast with Morrissey's lyrical ire than on the bouncy, wistful "Cemetry Gates."