Strangeways, Here We Come is the fourth and final studio album by English rock band The Smiths, released in 1987, reaching No. 2 on the album chart and staying on the chart for 17 weeks. All of the songs on the album were composed by Johnny Marr, with lyrics written and sung by Morrissey. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on 19 September 1990.
Slant Magazine listed the album at #69 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s" saying "Whether or not Strangeways, Here We Come ended the Smiths' brief career with their best album has been the subject of considerable debate for nearly a quarter century, but it definitively stands as the band's most lush, richest work."
The Smiths recorded what was to be their final studio album at the Wool Hall studios in Beckington, Somerset, England. Between the record's recording in March and its release in September 1987, the band broke up after Johnny Marr left the band. It is the only Smiths album to feature Morrissey playing a musical instrument: he played the piano in the song "Death of a Disco Dancer".
Musically, Marr felt the band was ready to enter a new phase, and was determined to avoid formula and