The Smiths
The Queen Is Dead


5.0
classic

Review

by JeremiahBullfrog USER (4 Reviews)
November 17th, 2020 | 36 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Some Albums Are Better Than Others.

Reviewing The Queen is Dead is a daunting task - How much is there to say about an album that has been reviewed and spoken about annually since it’s release back in 1986?

The Answer is a lot.


So why exactly do critics and fans (hell even record companies with multiple reissues) keep revisiting TQID after all this time? The answer is; This is the greatest album of all time objectively. I do not say this lightly, in fact in all honesty The Smiths are not even my favourite band, and TQID is not my favourite album - But I cannot deny the impact of it’s 10 tracks on the musical landscape and indeed my life.

The Themes of finding Joy in being a little off are as relevant now as they were in 1986, which wouldn’t mean as much if the music was horribly dated - but here is the thing it isn’t. After all this time TQID still sounds very fresh. Morrissey Has never sounded as good before or after, never as confident, melodic or vulnerable. The final gut-wrenching minute and a half of “I Know Is Over” is the definition of vulnerability, a grown man crying in his mother’s lap “Oh Mother I can Feel The Soil Falling Over My head” - if you can’t relate to this and empathize - then frankly, Mr Shankly, you’ve had quite a good life.

However I am not going to dwell on the inherent sadness within many of this album's tracks because in all fairness, The Smiths were and are so much more. For Every “Never Had No One Ever” There is a “Cemetry Gates”. Make no mistake folks, TQID is more than a one-dimensional pity party, It’s a showcase. A complete magnification Of Morrissey’s forward thinking Melodies, and in all seriousness too honest lyrics married with Marr’s lush, multi-layered compositions and then backed by a powerhouse of Bass and Drums courtesy of oft overlooked Smith’s Rourke and Joyce. There is not a stumble, nor a miss on the whole album. Sure Some tracks are stronger than others, “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” and rocker “BigMouth Strikes Again” are more likely to find their way on your playlist than “Vicar In A Tutu” is. But This album is best enjoyed as a whole, the lower than lows and giddy high’s of everyday life - This Album in it’s own little way is Everybody’s - and that my friends, is the true secret of timelessness.

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out…

An Album, A Journey that has truly lasted the trials and tribulations of modern life, TQID is truly that light that never goes out - and although I have waffled on perhaps too much, I have still told you NOTHING about this album. TQID is a personal experience, if you listen to this album on your own, you will likely take away a different experience than I did and so on.

I simply reviewed this album because I wanted my testimony for this LP on record, because this review, hell maybe even this site, one day will cease to exist, but will TQID ever stop influencing and inspiring? This amateur reviewer thinks not.

“We Can Go for a walk where its quiet and dry, and talk about precious things, like love and law and poverty, oh these are the things that kill me”


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JeremiahBullfrog
November 17th 2020


799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i know, another The queen is dead review - but I am actually pretty proud of this, so if it sucks please tell me gently.

Gyromania
November 17th 2020


31403 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great summary

JeremiahBullfrog
November 17th 2020


799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man! I see you're like minded when it comes to this album!

zakalwe
November 17th 2020


32748 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice one Jez.





unclereich
November 17th 2020


8928 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the queen is shite

Digging: Wild Man Fischer - An Evening with Wild Man Fischer

zakalwe
November 17th 2020


32748 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Absolute whore

unclereich
November 17th 2020


8928 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ever find yourself pronouncing cemetery wrong after jamming this?

JeremiahBullfrog
November 17th 2020


799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks Zak!



and reich here in the UK we pronounce it "cemetree" are you US?

unclereich
November 17th 2020


8928 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yes we say seh·muh·teh·ree



but i pronounce it as Morrissey does mostly to make people mad. people in my field want to punch you for using british english

JeremiahBullfrog
November 17th 2020


799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

av a cuppa tea and ignore them twats

zakalwe
November 17th 2020


32748 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sem-E-Tairee



Die

JeremiahBullfrog
November 17th 2020


799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

aluminium is alooooooominum

unclereich
November 17th 2020


8928 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

symmetry

zakalwe
November 17th 2020


32748 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Having said that Moz fucks it with the old ‘Plague-er-rize’



Play-ger-rize ya daft bastard.

unclereich
November 17th 2020


8928 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i love when he says that hahaha and the trilled r's thereafter.

JeremiahBullfrog
November 17th 2020


799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thats the absolute mancunian in him though, he might be well read and have a great vocabulary but he can't shake where hes from, at least in 1986 he couldnt

unclereich
November 17th 2020


8928 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i love how you folks speak over there i must admit

JeremiahBullfrog
November 17th 2020


799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

considering we invented the damn language we sure know how to bastardize it

JeremiahBullfrog
November 17th 2020


799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"ere pass us a packet of crisps you soppy cunt"



Translation



"My beloved pal who is a bit on the slow side, please pass me the potato chips"

unclereich
November 17th 2020


8928 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i had to translate and analyze the whole of the canterburry tales last year and i had so much fun. speaking middle engilsh is a true joy



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