And the best Smiths album is

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#1

Very difficult!
For me they had four albums of original works, so for them I’d go with -

  1. Strangeways, Here We Come
  2. The Queen Is Dead
  3. Meat Is Murder
  4. The Smiths

Of the early complications (I know there’s been many since), I’d go -

  1. Louder Than Bombs
  2. The World Won’t Listen
  3. Hatful Of Hollow
  4. Rank

What an amazing, unique band they were. Lyrically, musically - just so original and damn good.


#2

It’s the Queen is Dead


#3

you’re right, it’s Strangeways. easily.


#4

Probably Ok Computer


#5

Big Willy style by Will Smith


#6

It’s definitely The Queen is Dead


#7

I remember the first time I heard The Queen Is Dead, by which time I was aware of its classic status, thinking to myself ‘My word, this has got some shit on it.’

Smiths mega fan Simon Price wrote a long-ish piece on its failings recently:

While looking for that article I came across a very similar one from a few years ago, so maybe this isn’t an outlier opinion…


#8

That’s a very good article but it’s wrong


#9

I’d have to say


#10


#11

Strangeways is my favourite but I wouldn’t say it’s ‘by far’ their best.

I think TQID has higher highs and lower lows.

In conclusion, no need to RANK them. Pointless busywork.


#12

Hatful of Hollow or Meat is Murder probably


#13

Queen Is Dead. Hatful of Hollow follows closely behind imo


#14

Meat is Murder might have been if they’d replaced the last two tracks with er…better ones I guess


#15

I like Barbarism Begins at Home and I always try to convince myself that I can sit through the title track but urm MOOOOOOOOOO


#16

Haha


#17

All their studio albums are about as good as each other. For a band so vital and important, I don’t think they made a proper full-on masterpiece.


#18

It changes all the time. But, I would say Strangeways. Sometimes TQID, but they are all great.

If ever I get bored, fed up with music, I line the four studio LPs up and listen all the way through. Kind of restores my faith in music.


#19

There are few, if any, opinions that I have greater contempt for than the idea that Strangeways is the best Smiths album.


#20

And I say that as someone who used to cover I Won’t Share You frequently on the old gig circuit there.