Skip to content

Strangeways, Here We Come – The Smiths

the-smiths-strangeways-here-we-come

Strangeways, Here We Come

(1987, 8/10)
Strangeways, Here We Come lacks the amazing high points of The Queen Is Dead, but still shows plenty of creativity, enough for it to rank as The Smiths’ second best studio album. It’s mostly mid-tempo pop-rock, but there’s plenty of variation within – a couple of the songs are even devoid of guitar, namely the opening ‘A Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours’ and the grandiose orchestrated ballad ‘Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me’ while ‘Death At One’s Elbow’ ventures into rockabilly.

‘Girlfriend In A Coma’ is charming and pretty, and the catchy pop of ‘Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before’ is another highlight. The last couple of tracks are somewhat nondescript and Strangeways, Here We Come feels a little slight at just 35 minutes.

Unfortunately Strangeways was to be The Smiths’ last album; Marr left the band directly after it was made, a rift that Morrissey claimed could have been healed if it wasn’t for the press coverage driving them further apart. The group bewilderingly soldiered on briefly as a three piece before calling it a day, leaving Morrissey to appear alone in the album’s videos.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

PowerPop... An Eclectic Collection of Pop Culture

An Eclectic Collection of Pop Culture

Soundtrack To My Year

Fandom Scrapbook

rockrollain.com/

Official website for bassist Rock Rollain

LOST IN THE NOISE

PART JOURNAL. PART MIX-TAPE. PART COMMENTARY.

My Vinyl Hunt

Vinyl Enthusiast from Suffolk

Mike and Paul's Music Blog

Two Guys In Search of Great Music

The Doesn't Suck

9,000 billion recordings are released on the internet each month. Roughly 5 of them will not suck.

Simone: By The River

Hey! I'm writing about travel, books, nature, music, art, food, gardening, things that inspire me, with a little bit of creative writing thrown in for good luck (if I'm feeling brave enough). Australian (Geelong, Victoria). Instagram: sima78 & trackrecordsrecords

Brendon's Beats

Album Reviews & Music Discussion

%d bloggers like this: