10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sadly, the Smiths could not stay together. One of the distinct highlights of the 1980s post-punk landscape, the Smiths as a group conjoined the power of adolescent angst with gorgeous pop melodies. The marriage of Johnny Marr’s music to Morrissey’s lyrics came together for one last push with this, the Smiths’ fourth and final studio album. With Stephen Street as co-producer, the British quartet achieved a fuller sound that made Marr’s guitar colorings particularly bright with strings and horns added in strategic spots. Morrissey matched the production’s additional hues by writing another batch of punchy, pithy musings, including “Girlfriend In a Coma,” in which solemn horror is eased by an indelible melody. “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before,” “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me,” and “Unhappy Birthday” encapsulate and extend Morrissey’s heartfelt self-pity. He’s clearly aware of the impression he’s making and reveling in his own cheekiness. This playful demeanor balances the desperate anger that lurks underneath (“Paint a Vulgar Picture,” “I Won’t Share You’).

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Sadly, the Smiths could not stay together. One of the distinct highlights of the 1980s post-punk landscape, the Smiths as a group conjoined the power of adolescent angst with gorgeous pop melodies. The marriage of Johnny Marr’s music to Morrissey’s lyrics came together for one last push with this, the Smiths’ fourth and final studio album. With Stephen Street as co-producer, the British quartet achieved a fuller sound that made Marr’s guitar colorings particularly bright with strings and horns added in strategic spots. Morrissey matched the production’s additional hues by writing another batch of punchy, pithy musings, including “Girlfriend In a Coma,” in which solemn horror is eased by an indelible melody. “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before,” “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me,” and “Unhappy Birthday” encapsulate and extend Morrissey’s heartfelt self-pity. He’s clearly aware of the impression he’s making and reveling in his own cheekiness. This playful demeanor balances the desperate anger that lurks underneath (“Paint a Vulgar Picture,” “I Won’t Share You’).

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Mikemoz1 ,

A true masterpiece!!!

With one of the worlds greatest guitarist and one of the worlds best lyricist, this album is a must for any true music lover. At there highest in creativity, MORRISSEY and Johnny Marr create a true masterpiece of musical history! "Death of a disco dancer", "Girlfriend in a Coma" all musical and lyrical masterpieces. No group from the 80's have left a mark like The Smiths.

Snoutston Hornbark ,

Its the Smiths “Let It Be"

Its their last album released, its diverse & every song is amazing enough to not pass up on hearing. Top quality writing. What a way to go out.

Chifblox1231 ,

One of the best!

Death of a Disco Dancer, Paint a Vulgar Picture are perfection!

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