The Queen is Dead
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Japanese only SHM pressing. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing, SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc, allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players. Warner. 2009.
This is the value of working at cross-purposes: The Smiths were Morrissey's excuse to undulate his wry, disaffected lyrics, and Johnny Marr's vehicle for his sharp, chiming, pop songs. Their favorite kind of compromise made them essentially a singles band, and The Queen Is Dead has a couple of their best (notably "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side," one of the greatest pop expressions of the Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name). But it also has some wonderful compromises of different kinds: the bizarrely romantic "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," and "Cemetry Gates," where Marr covers up for Morrissey's floridity with shimmying rockabilly. --Douglas Wolk
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Morrissey and Marr..if you read this, give your heads a big shake..and call each other NOW!!!! Modern music needs you to overlook your differences and make at least one more album...your solo careers will never be what the two of you were together..sorry to say.
Queen Is Dead is the Smiths' great leap forward, taking the
band to new musical and lyrical heights. Opening with the
storming title track, The Queen Is Dead is a harder-rocking
record than anything the Smiths had attempted before, but that's
only on a relative scale -- although the backbeat is more
pronounced, the group certainly doesn't rock in a conventional
sense. Instead, Johnny Marr has created a dense web of
guitars, alternating from the minor-key rush of "Bigmouth
Strikes Again" and the faux rockabilly of "Vicar in a Tutu" to the
bouncy acoustic pop of "Cemetry Gates" and "The Boy With
the Thorn in His Side," as well as the lovely melancholy of "I Know It's Over" and "There Is a Light
That Never Goes Out." And the rich musical bed provides Morrissey with the support for his finest
set of lyrics. Shattering the myth that he is a self-pitying sap, Morrissey delivers a devastating set of
clever, witty satires of British social mores, intellectualism, class, and even himself. He also crafts
some of his finest, most affecting songs, particularly in the wistful "The Boy With the Thorn in His
Side" and the epic "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," two masterpieces that provide the
foundation for a remarkable album.
I probably shouldn't let on just how much this album meant to me as a floundering teen in the 80's so I won't. I just feel vindicated that it's now commonly considered to be the best Smiths album because I used to argue with a friend about it who thought MEAT IS MURDER to be the best. (While it has some great moments, that album would be my last choice).
This band really stirs some passionate feelings in people! Morrisey is indeed the Leper Messiah for the alienated, the shy, the ordinary, the depressed, the losers, the outsiders . . . he's also wickedly funny! And, of course, Johnny Marr is a certifiable guitar hero, king of the jangly melody.
Instead of trying to describe this music to you, allow me to give you a taste of Morrisey's lyrics from each song:
"Life is very long when you're lonely" - "The Queen is Dead"
"I want to catch something that I might be ashamed of" - "Franky Mr. Shankly"
"Oh Mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head" - "I Know It's Over"
"I had a really bad dream/ It lasted 20 years, 7 months and 27 days" - "Never Had No One Ever"
"All those people all those lives, where are they now?Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Well, I'll tell you a few things that maybe have not been touched on.[...]
The "Mr. Shankly" in "Frankly, Mr. Read more
I once read that the opening feedback in the title song was an accident. JM placed his guitar down and it was feeding back... Read morePublished on April 6 2005
Being too young to understand the smiths the frist time (I was about 4 when this album came out), I made my way back into some of the greatest Alteravite rock bands. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2004 by mark gibbard
Everything came together for The Smiths on this album.
The Smiths were one of the most original bands to come out of the 1980s. Read more
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