Strangeways, Here We Come

The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come
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1987 Ratings: #39 / 99
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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


Always loved how different this sounded from their other stuff. Death of a Disco Dancer alone makes this worth listening to.


The Smiths - 4/4

Although "Strangeways, Here We Come" is a fascinating left turn from The Smiths previous record, it is easily their most underwhelming and inconsistent yet.

This album features the band going into a more 80s' pop sound. Not that they weren't poppy before, but on this project it's on full display. This isn't to say that the record doesn't have any of their usual experimentation, it certainly does, but nothing here feels fully realized. It all feels rushed and ... read more


The last Smiths album, often called a transitional record, which obviously means that had The Smiths continued past this point, this would've been a step in the evolution of their sound. Obviously whether that is accurate or not we will never know, a follow-up to Strangeways Here We Come was never made and in fact when Strangeways was released the band already didn't exist anymore. But well, let's see, take a look and find out how this is for a final statement.

Answer: pretty good actually. In ... read more

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Added on: February 4, 2013