by many as the Smiths' best work, The Queen Is Dead
is definitely a solid piece of Brit-pop. The album opens
with the invigorating "The Queen Is Dead,"
also a favorite set opener of the band, and then falls
into the undeniably catchy "Frankly Mr. Shankly."
"Cemetary Gates" is an excellent pop song,
which is followed by the haunting single "Big Mouth
Strikes Again." Other notables include "The
Boy With the Thorn in His Side," and the countrified
"Vicar in A Tutu." Each track is a showcase
of Johnny Marr's complicated guitar work and Morrissey's
melodically mezmerizing voice, the two factors that
brought the group to the forefront of British guitar
pop. For such a superb and ambitious performance by
a band at the top of their game, there's good reason
to call The Queen Is Dead the group's masterpiece.
From a personal standpoint, I liked their first album
only slightly better because it's a little easier to