This is my favourite album by The Smiths. I think it is their best collection of songs – in the sense that they stand alone and work together, in sequence, as (very much) an album. But, before you suggest that I should be picking other albums instead – or that they never made a bad album or whatever it is you want to say – I will add that slightly annoying/slightly wimpy/unnecessary caveat that this was the very first album by The Smiths that I heard. And it is the one I have listened to the most. I arrived late to The Smiths. I guess it just wasn’t handed down to me they way so much music was from my parents and brother. And I had no way of discovering it; I didn’t know anything about The Smiths for the longest time. When I finally saw a video of Morrissey performing solo I thought it was alright; not bad etc. And I eventually checked out some of Moz’ solo stuff. I heard The Smiths because my aunty gave me a bag of tapes for my car – most were dubbed copies of bogan metal. Krokus! But the one original tape was a copy of Strangeways Here We Come. And so that took over the car’s tape-deck for several weeks. Strangeways is a near-perfect album for me. I think it’s the best continual display of Morrissey and Marr having something to say lyrically and musically with every single song. And without repeating themselves. I’ve played it a lot – but it’s got so much left to give. I’m always ready to listen to it. I bought the LP, sealed, and left it in the special crate for someone else to discover. And sure enough a friend came around and chose it because she hadn’t ever heard The Smiths but had heard lots about them. She scored – as her prize – the free digital download code so she could take home a version of the album to enjoy further. Her digital doggie-bag. What’s your favourite Smiths album? Anyone else with me on Strangeways? Wikipedia tells me all the members of The Smiths consider it their favourite. Ha.
Sample Track: I Won’t Share You
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