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The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead (Under Review series/Music Video Distributors DVD)

Picture: B
-     Sound: B-     Extras: B     Documentary: A

Many critics regard The Queen is Dead as the Smiths' finest album.
 The documentary of the same name goes a long way to proving this assertion with its thorough treatment of the major players behind the record's creation, and the social and political context in which it was made.

The documentary examines each song from the album in detail, covering the musical influences behind them (including nods to the Rolling Stones and Velvet Underground).
 The complex relationship between singer and front-man Morrissey and guitarist and lyricist Johnny Marr is also explored.  The dynamic methods employed in the creation of The Queen is Dead unfold as the viewer learns about the complex relationships between the band mates, producers, and even the fans.  Morrissey's uneasy relationship with the British press and the fans also receives a great deal of attention.

The picture and sound are very good as usual for this documentary series and focusing on specific albums and not just eras of music acts has not stopped the Under Review series from losing any of its steam.  Sprinkled with actual Smiths music and videos througout, The Queen is Dead will inform and educate new and old Smiths fans alike.

   Scott R. Pyle


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