The Smiths didn't last long, but they left behind an amazing legacy and incredible impact. By the time the band recorded The Queen is Dead they were already fraying at the seams, but it didn't diminish their ability to create amazing tunes.
"Frankly, Mr. Shankly" is Morrissey at his lyrical best, or worst, telling off an imaginary boss. The line about making Christmas cards with the mentally ill took me for a loop the first time I heard it, it was so offbeat. The music is compelling, but quirky, and completely unique.
The incredibly downbeat "I Know It's Over" positively wallows in rejection and despair, but without sacrificing any of the cutting commentary that Morrissey is so well known for. The sepulchral bass on this one and Morrissey wailing "I can feel the soil falling over my head" is just so satisfying. Oddly enough, I find this song cheers me up every time I listen to it, as if it's some sort of audio Dorian Gray painting that absorbs unhappiness.