Strangeways, Here We Come

The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come
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Based on 3 reviews
1987 Ratings: #41 / 97
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1987 Ratings: #15
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While it doesn't match The Queen Is Dead or The Smiths, it is far from embarrassing and offers a summation of the group's considerable strengths.

The Smiths were already on their way out by the time their fourth album was released. The group had already split by the time Strangeways, Here We Come was released, due to a combination of infighting, exhaustion, and drug abuse. The personalities of Marr and Morrissey had clearly reached a boiling point, and the issues with Rourke from a year prior probably didn't help matters. The explosion of The Smiths was perhaps inevitable, but the strength of their four albums in as many years stands as ... read more
I've been avoiding making a review of this record for a while. This is the last The Smiths record, and for the longest time the one I liked the least.

That changed unexpectedly this year. This album grew on me like hell. And for that reason I never felt ready to write on it. But the time had to come, eventually.

After the success of "The Queen Is Dead", The Smiths didn't last more than a year. Vocalist Morrissey and guitarrist Johnny Marr were developing increasingly different ... read more
Going out with a bang

The Smiths finish off their amazing discography with their messiest and most all-over-the-place album, and I mean this in the most positive way possible, experimenting with post-punk, bringing back the sounds of their earlier albums, diving into glam rock, and staying just as controversial as always.

I don't know where to start with "Strangeways...", this is definitely one of those albums that made me appreciate music a whole lot more, it's a record I can put ... read more
The Smiths go out on what is their weakest moment by a considerable amount. While 'Strangeways, Here We Come' has a strong enough start, it soon trails off into benign fluff. It lacks the witty observations of 'The Queen is Dead' or the potent and political tragedy of 'Meat Is Murder' or the fresh and lively spirit of their debut, and even the best tracks on here feel lackluster when compared to the band's achievements in the past. 'Girlfriend in a Coma' is funny, but it's no 'Cemetry Gates.' ... read more
It's nothing too special but Strangeways is a great way for the Smiths to go out, with some of their most creative work.
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Track List

  1. A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours
  2. I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
  3. Death of a Disco Dancer
  4. Girlfriend in a Coma
  5. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
  6. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
  7. Unhappy Birthday
  8. Paint a Vulgar Picture
  9. Death at One's Elbow
  10. I Won't Share You
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Added on: February 4, 2013