Strangeways Here We Come
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Vinyl LP pressing. Newly re-mastered audio by Frank Arkwright (overseen by Johnny Marr, no less) and packaged in the original sleeves with original labels and original inner bags, pressed on high-quality 180 gram vinyl! This absolutely classic album from the Manchester quartet was originally released in 1987. Though the band only lasted four years as a recording unit, their influence can still be seen, heard and felt more than two decades after they officially split up. Rhino.
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From the fragile "Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours" to the final note of "I Won't Share You", the Smiths add in all sorts of new ideas into their jangly pop sound, experimenting a little more than they did on the superior "The Queen is Dead", but never falling short of great songs. The melodies are still suprising: in many cases you convince yourself that there isn;t anything really memorable in a given song, but find yourself humming it to yourself before to long. Morrissey is at the top of his game as a vocalist for this record, using whispered vocals and a bit more understatement(I said a bit) then he had used before, giving the songs that much more emotional impact then they had before.
"Paint a Vulgar Picture" finds the Moz in pissed off fashion, lamenting on how artists re-package their best hits with new cover art and a new song(the Smiths are by no means guilty of this, what with many greatest hits packages, right?), then finds the man following his favorite rock star as a mere human. Any music fan can relate. "Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me" offers up a great piano part that builds into one of Johnny Marr's best compostion, as well as one of Moz's best lyrics.Read more ›
Smiths' best? Laughable. The album lacks the creativity and spark of earlier efforts. However the real crime to most fans is the extreme amount of production polish that was applied here. I've heard Aerosmith albums with less heavy-gloss sheen that this. The Smiths were admired for their ability to craft witty, beautiful music that somehow remained raw and jagged. Also there is some truth that Morrissey seems to be doing more than a little bit of self parody. Occasionally it seems as if he took lyrics from past songs and played a game of Jumble just mixing up the order of the words.
Still let's not pile on too much. By any fair standard this is certainly a darn good album. The first 2 tracks are up-tempo, jaunts similar to past songs except that they worked keys and horns into the mix. "Death of a Disco Dancer" is a slow number that some could view as the boys just going through the motions; the band is so minimal here that to me this felt like the first Morrissey solo song. I fail to understand any criticism of "Girlfriend in a Coma", one of the most ironically upbeat tunes in pop history. The playful, bouncey melody betrayed the vocals "I know it's serious." The late 80's MTV success of this video was hilarious because by the time they flashed the info on the screen to introduce the video (Band Name, Song Title, etc.Read more ›
And the band themselves sound more polished than they ever have. In the past, the drums were far too brittle and Johnny Marr's guitar had a little too much high end. On this album, everything is in perfect balance.
Another reason to love this album is that the song A Rush and A Push features a trick that no other Smiths songs has: no guitars! And yet it still, unmistakably, sounds like the Smiths.
Morrissey's lyrics have not lost wit or cynicism as illustrated with Paint A Vulgar Picture. Unhappy Birthday shows his disturbing sense of humor that no one else dares to touch. But Last Night I Dreamt is a rewrite of the sad ballads from the Queen Is Dead and comes across as the album's weakest track.
Johnny Marr was still running the show musically with Stop Me If You've Heard This One and I Started Something. His guitar playing is subtle and bruising at the same time, leaving his mark on the eighties like a tire skid just before leaving the decade behind.
When you look at each individual Smiths album, it just doesn't get any better than this.
Most recent customer reviews
Smiths - Morrissey: let me give you the conclusion that took me 18 years to arrive at. Besides the song Meat is Murder, Morrissey doesn't have a bad song is his catalog. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Mozz Listener
The CD shows the musical versatility of Morrisey and the way this band put together quality sound. "Girlfriend in Coma" and
"Last Night I Dreamed Somebody... Read more
My my, what a beautiful record. It starts off perfectly, with 'A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Hours' and pretty much continues this way for most of the record. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003 by Mark
After a masterful 'The Queen is Dead,' the Smiths had little room to maneuver. They had already perfected both the jaunty romping short tune as well as a more refined epic... Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2003 by Ben Campbell
Yes, this is the best Smith's album to me. I think its the most emotional piece of work they released. Read morePublished on July 18 2003
Who are these reviewers saying that this is the best Smiths album? Have they heard any other Smiths album? My guess- no. Read morePublished on June 19 2003
Having been cheap and only owned the singles, I let down my guard and bought "Strangeways, Here We Come" on the basis of "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me. Read morePublished on June 1 2003 by Ian Renner
I'm a huge Smiths fan, I listened to them non-stop in college and saw them in concert in the Washington DC and London. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2003