Quick Review (LP): Strangeways, Here We Come by The Smiths

The Smiths
Strangeways, Here We Come
Rough Trade; 1987

My Rating: B

Best Tracks: “A Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours”, “I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish”, “Girlfriend in a Coma”, “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before”, “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me”

Truth is, The Smiths were quite adept at producing strong album sides. Unfortunately, they could never put two solid ones together in the same album, and that holds true here, where side A is one of the best they’ve done and side B stinks like the second half of Meat Is Murder. It’s all downhill from “Last Night…”, but the first six tracks do leave you wondering what might have been a little further down the road. The production sounds the best it has, and creatively, they do seem to be branching out, although the decision to de-emphasize Marr’s guitar work is questionable. Speaking of Marr, his work is fabulous on “Girlfriend in a Coma”, and “Last Night…” is the second best epic ode to self-pity they recorded, right next to “How Soon Is Now?” All in all, they sound fresh out of great ideas, so it was probably the right move to call it quits here. That being said, this is a decent record.

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