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Smile

Brian Wilson

2004

Smile

Album Summary

Brian Wilson Presents Smile (also referred to as Smile or the abbreviation BWPS) is the fifth studio album by American musician Brian Wilson, released September 28, 2004 on Nonesuch. It features all-new recordings of music that he had originally created for Smile, an unfinished album by the Beach Boys that he abandoned in 1967. Revisiting Smile was an intense emotional undertaking for Wilson, as he had been deeply traumatized by the circumstances that had originally surrounded the project. Wilson initially agreed to revisit Smile in the form of a live concert performance as a follow-up to his 2000–2002 Pet Sounds tour. From October to November 2003, he worked with keyboardist Darian Sahanaja and original lyricist Van Dyke Parks in assembling a three-movement structure for BWPS while embellishing the material with newly written lyrics and melodies. Wilson and his band premiered it at the Royal Festival Hall in London on February 20, 2004. Motivated by the positive reception, he then adapted the performance as a studio-recorded solo album. None of the other Beach Boys were involved with BWPS, nor with the documentary that covered its making, Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile. BWPS was universally acclaimed by critics and peaked at number 13 in the US and number 7 in the UK. It earned Wilson his first Grammy Award, winning in the category of Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow". In 2011, the album's sequencing served as a blueprint for The Smile Sessions, a compilation dedicated to the original Beach Boys recordings. In 2020, BWPS was ranked number 399 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". It has been certified platinum by the RIAA, indicating one hundred thousand units sold.

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3.09

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4485

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

I waited all my life for this, there's no way it's getting a bad review. I loved Smiley Smile, the 'best effort' that was put out when the label realised it would never be finished. Any album that contains Heroes and Villains and Good Vibrations is a clear contender for best album ever. That it also contains the delightful Vegetables too is just gilding the lily. Is it better than Pet Sounds? It's genuinely a possibility. One was ambitious but still sounded traditional. This might be a step too far ambition wise (certainly it was for Brian Wilson's mental health), but it reaches for the stars and sometimes comes tantalisingly close to touching them.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Wow. This is something. I'm glad I had the time to give it a focused listen. I think it might not be quite so great in the background but, as an activity all its own, this album's got layers galore to explore. It's symphonic with its movements and recurring motifs, one piece of music rather than a collection of songs. Tantalizing snippets of the familiar melody from Good Vibrations appear early in the album in Song for Children. Heroes and Villains and Surf's Up are similarly teased before those songs actually start. The instrumentation is incredible: strings, brass, woodwinds, a deep percussion bench, whistles (so many whistles!), power tools. So much to discover on repeated listens. (I appreciated the inclusion of the instrumental Heroes and Villains bonus track to hear some of the sounds I missed the first time through.) Lyrics are often child-like and nonsensical, often just repeated words, phrases and sounds, using the voices as more instruments as opposed to a means to tell a story. I'm so grateful that Brian Wilson found the strength to come back and finish this after a tough 40 years. It did indeed make me SMiLE.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

This album is breathtaking. I nearly wrote a whole thing about separating art from its context. About how my appreciation of BWPS really has very little to do with the music itself. About how Smile plays more like a great documentary about the making of a great piece of art that was never actually made. About how it all feels a little nostalgic, a little "Disney." About how there's a quality to the mix and production of BWPS that I find unpleasantly nostalgic, stale, flat, over-produced. There's an element certainly that feels like a museum piece—the ornate stitching around the album art helps hit that home, as does the word "presents" in the album title. Not too mention the fact that there are far better recordings of many of these songs scattered across various post-Smile-sessions Beach Boys' albums, and that BWPS doesn't feature any other Beach Boys members. But—now that I've gotten those asides out of my system—I can reaffirm that this album is truly breathtaking. I think those struggles I have with BWPS are accurate, but the truth is listening to this album is an experience unlike any other I can think of in modern music. Recorded and released nearly 40 years after the 24-year-old originally sat down and attempted to record it, had a nervous breakdown, and ultimately abandoned the project, Smile is packed with so much emotional drama, so much story, so much humanity...it really makes me want to cry just thinking about Brian Wilson's personal struggle and ultimate success with this piece art. Sure, a part of me wonders constantly about the version of Smile that might have been recorded in 1967 as originally envisioned (and I can't help but miss the younger Brian Wilson's falsetto in these songs, either). But that doesn't take away from my thoroughly enjoying the version that the elder Brian Wilson released in 2004. In fact, it's an essential part of the experience of listening to BWPS. Listening to this album is to reflect on time, art, and age. To wonder about our younger selves and older selves, and if they're really the same person. To wonder if the art that we might have made in our youth could ever truly be re-created in our middle-to-old age. And to marvel specifically about the emotional journey Brian Wilson took in revisiting this material; reflecting on his younger self—a younger self in the throes of his traumatic, emotionally wrought, defining hours no less—and reclaiming a forgotten dream. I admire this album a great f***ing deal. This album is as great a champion of the human spirit as I can think of. And actually listening to the music, only heightens the emotional pull of that experience. Many moments on this album seriously make me want to cry in the same way I almost always cry listening to "God Only Knows." It's the music itself, but it's also the tragic, heartbroken figure of Brian Wilson inside of it. To hear him struggling through his music. Expressing his deepest feelings and personal anguish and doing it through the traditionally rigid confines of a 1960s pop format. Not to mention, there are some wonderful melodies and great pop experiments here. The whole album has a wonderfully cohesive, downriver flow to it. It's a very strange storybook sort of experience to actually sit down and listen to it. To unpack its movements, its textures, its characters, its geography, and musical histories. It's magical. But I'm also a Brian Wilson fanatic. In the liner notes for this album, author David Leaf asks, "Does Smile exist?" It's a legitimate question. And as an album that I think requires knowing some backstory to appreciate, it's hard to argue that this album really stands on its own in the way it might have in 1967. But does anything? BWPS is the realization of dream. It's music that soars well beyond the confines of music. It exists in our cultural unconscious; in our minds and in our hearts. Of course Smile exists. It always has. I was going to give them album a 4 but screw it, it's a 5.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

I still feel like a Beach Boys/Brian Wilson novice - I haven’t even listened to PET SOUNDS yet for crying out loud - so I’m not sure I’m ready for SMiLE, but here goes… Talk about an aptly named album! The choir opening leads into “Heroes and Villains” and I couldn’t help but smile. It’s fun and inventive and I instantly loved it from beginning to end. Old favorites like “Surf’s Up” and “Good Vibrations.” Vegetables. Sea shanties. Barnyard animals. SMiLE is a genuine adventure! Despite the inevitable changes in Brian Wilson and the world in the nearly 40 years it took to complete SMiLE it feels like a vision fully realized. I’m stunned by this mythical creature that has appeared in my headphones. I love listening to this. I love that Brian Wilson created this. I love that this can exist. I love SMiLE.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
1

Utter rubbish, only managed to listen to a few tracks before giving up. Beachboys on an extremely off day.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
1

Boomer nostalgia shit

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

I love Brian Wilson!

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Amazing album! Brian Wilson is my hero

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

I have heard of this album and even had added it to my library a while back, as I was curious about it. Today was my first listen, however. I am glad I have finally taken the time to explore it! The album was not an assembly of singles, but rather a musical event meant to be experienced in it entirety. The recurring musical themes and deliberately designed transitions make the album more of a work of art...one that I can appreciate. I will say that for some of the tracks where I am already familiar with the versions from The Beach Boys, I was not always thrilled. However, as an overall album, I can totally dig it!

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

This is pretty amazing, a resurrected labor of love from decades previous. Rather than a collection of songs, it is a musical work in movements, full of interesting vignettes complete with sound effects. Although that sounds very high and mighty, it is still a lot of fun. Each listening reveals another gemstone. It is impossible to separate this work from its long, complicated history, but beyond that amazing achievement, it's a joy to listen to. "Heroes and Villains," "Surf's Up," and "Good Vibrations" were each amazing as Beach Boys recordings, but they sound absolutely incredible here. Each of them is composed of their own internal movements. This is an absolutely amazing experience!

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Bon jovi

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

J'imagine pas la force d'esprit qu'il faut avoir pour terminer le plus gros échec de sa vie 40 ans plus tard. Prefs: Heroes and Villains, Roll Plymouth Rock, Cabin Essence, Surf's Up, Vega-Tables, In Blue Hawaii, Good Vibrations. Moins pref: Barnyard

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

Assez incroyable

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

This album was so good! It was about time I gave this a listen. The only song I didn't really like was Mrs O'Leary's Cow, but that's not enough to give this album less than a 5.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

This is is, an album to make you smile. This is really fun.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

Like

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

Always got time for a bit of Brian.

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Sat Apr 02 2022
5

the best!

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

This album has been a top five album for me for quite a while. Though I’m more partial to the 2011 release made with the original 1967 tapes, this release is more fleshed out and features lyrics that were never recorded by The Beach Boys. I won’t rehash the history of this album, but it was intended as The Beach Boys’ follow up to Pet Sounds. I firmly believe that if this album had been completed and released, it would have eclipsed Sgt. Pepper in its influence. Just its mystery alone, along with bootlegs cobbled together by fans as speculative releases gave credence to this album’s supposed genius. And genius is exactly what I would call this album. It is a kaleidoscope of Americana with ponderous and abstract lyrics by the great poet Van Dyke Parks told through Brian Wilson’s incredible and complex songwriting. Themes arise and are revisited and inverted to thread the album together to culminate in the emotional release of Good Vibrations in what is perhaps the most satisfying ending to an album ever. Surfs Up remains my favorite pop song and this album is always in heavy rotation.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

Brian Wilson is a genius, I don't know if I need to say anything else. I honestly think I like SMiLE more than Pet Sounds. The fact that this was unable to be released in this manner in the 60s is a tragedy. This world has been so unkind to Brian and I am so glad that he found the strength to fulfill his dreams after so many years of abuse and adversity.

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Sat Apr 23 2022
5

Необычная судьба у альбома. Но то, что он был доделан, меня радует. И по звучанию он здоровский. Необычный :)

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Tue May 17 2022
5

9/10 Goofy ass album cover 💀 Really fun. Brian Wilson is a genius. I always have “Caroline, No” from petsounds in rotation bc it sounds like he’s talking to me and I like to talk back. I love the way that he keeps fluctuating with volume. I especially love the moments when it’s really big and loud. So childish but in such a good way. SO MUCH FUN. I love the recurring elements of this album and how things seem to tie together very often. So silly. Reminds me of an episode of Mickey Mouse clubhouse Reminds me of the circus. Glamorizes rural America in a way that could make anyone want to run away to Idaho or smthn. ++ Super beachy I just love how cinematic it is. I can feel the strings and harmonies from the depths of my SOUL. Standout tracks: Heroes and Villains, Child is Father of the Man

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Mon Jun 06 2022
5

The fact that this album exists in a form that Wilson was happy to release it is just amazing Now that the Smile Sessions are out, it's hard not to compare the two and I don't think this recording holds up as well as the sessions from back in the day, but it's still just a delight to listen to

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

I’m so glad he finally finished this album.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

I love this! I love Brian Wilson. It's like Pet Sounds lost prodigal sibling.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Well… that was a bloody brilliant, beautifully bonkers ride through Brian Wilson’s mind. A true creative maverick and songwriting genius.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Beach Boy floored by Sgt Pepper. Is it better than Pet Sounds? No. Is it great? Yes. It's hard to separate the album from the narrative - a lovely redemption story of a sad old man who lost his way and then found it again three decades later. And why would you? It's a heart warming slice of nostalgia that happily diverts from the shitty world right now.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

I went through a phase a few years ago when I had Pet Sounds on very heavy rotation, so it’s fair to say I love the songs by the Beach boys that I’ve already heard. Google says this is Brian Wilson’s version on an unreleased Beach Boys album from many moons ago. I’m excited to listen! Songs I already knew: Good Vibrations Favourites: Heroes and Villains, Cabin Essence I know this is a bold thing to say, but this was an actual perfect album. I’ve never been a believer of there being no such thing as perfection and this is a prime example of this. Brian’s composing is far beyond anything I’ve heard before. The opening track Our Prayer is comparable to a symphony, but with only voice. Heroes and Villains is much the same, but with a typical orchestra thrown into the mix too. There is so much going on with this music, and yet it manages to never sound too busy or overwhelming. It’s common knowledge that Brian Wilson isn’t the most mentally well man in the world, and being able to write something as beautiful as this in the midst of ongoing hallucinations should inspire people everywhere to never let anything stop you from doing what you love.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

I can't believe I never listened to this album! What an emotional conclusion to Smile. The first two songs made me tear up, thinking of what this must have been like to actually finish after so many years. I'd listened to the Smile sessions dozens of times before, but I would always come away confused its overall direction. It felt beautiful and far advanced from Pet Sounds, but incomplete. This really feels like all the pieces of the puzzle are in their place. And what a treatment! Brian's writing is incomparable... wide-eyed and childlike, but always with some complexity lurking. Now that everything is arranged the way it was intended to be, it makes so much sense. The album plays out like a film or musical... very strong arcs. I could gush about this more, but I mean... it's one of my favorite and most cherished songwriters, finally realizing a vision that was a dream for 40 years. Emotional and captivating. 5 absolutely deserved stars. As an album, it feels completely realized, in a way that I never appreciated before

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

Love those Brian Wilson harmonies!

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

Nice

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

The sound of one acid casualty revisiting losing his mind. It's curious to wonder what would've happened to music if he'd managed to complete it during the first attempt. Best Tracks: Heroes and Villains; Surf's Up; Good Vibrations

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

It's a beautiful album, and I appreciate it so much for what it represents: Brian's triumph over past traumas and a return to his best creative self. A lot of songs and arrangements remind me of They Might Be Giants. He's such an impressive and influential artist. I love to see him being fun, quirky, and oddball in his lyricism, it pairs so perfectly with all of the playful instrumentation.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Surf music

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

4.5 - It seems like every one of his records post-Pet Sounds comes with a litany of caveats and disclaimers about the record's originality and authenticity. I'm going to assume I'm listening to a finished record as the artist intended it to be released because I can't be bothered to dive into Brian Wilson's messy backstory. So all that aside, I loved this record! I hear the labor of a tortured artists trying to create something multi-layered and inspired. The flow on this record is top-notch - it leads me on a pleasant journey both between songs but also within songs that often unfold into separate sections. There's so much playfulness, some good and some goofy. On the good side are tracks like "Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine" that incorporates an old spiritual into the mix. On the goofy side there's "Cabin Essence" that has some weird vocal back-up ("doing doing...").

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Such a fantastic album. It's funny that this is our 1001 albums of the day, on the same day when Godspeed You! Black Emperor's famous lost album officially released. Love both of them.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Heavy on the slide whistle, but definitely the spiritual successor to Pet Sounds. I said it about that album: “Brian Wilson has a time machine.” Enjoyable.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Un bon album de wilson, je dois reecoute car jai bien aime ce que j’ai ente du 4

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Uplifting. 7/10.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

I prefer the smile sessions version of this, but it's still very good. Gotta commend the fact this got made in the first place. Favourites: "Heroes and Villains", "Cabin Essence", "Surf's Up"

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Weird, but good. Pretty sure it works best as a whole piece, given the songs all meld together. I would love to have more time to listen a few more times through

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Brian Wilson is a universal treasure xxx

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

Rock muy a lo Beach Boys. Un 4.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

there was some good vibrations in this one

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Love Brian wilson. Not quite as good as pet sounds

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

I like beach boys but I’ve only herd a best of album and pet sounds before so I’am looking forward to seeing what they ( well Brian Wilson) took so long working on… Our prayer starts off the the album just as a little bit of humming prayer like music makes sense as an intro. Gee is a very short bit at the end of prayer ,as it should, sounds very beach boys. Hero’s and villains us really enjoyable with how sonically distinctive each part is other than multi part song I’ve never herd such variety. But i do vaguely remember this one. I love the drumming at the start at roll Plymouth Rock also I like the change for the chorus and the bridge bit is good. Barnyard is alright for what it is but it’s just super short. But it works into the small small instrumental old master then the depressing cover of you are my sunshine. Cabin essence is another one without such great verity between the different parts which I love and it’s great for ending the first ( of 3) parts. The backing vocals are great and the that subtle trumpet makes wonderful a good listen if its not one of their best. It flows perfectly into song for children actually quite a childish sounding in the verses then the chorus just sounds depressed ( which isn’t a problem). Then child is the father of the man is fairly weird in the chorus but i like it especially the piano work and the trumpet at the end. Surfs up is truly a favourite of mine now it’s just so fascinating and I like it’s one of the slowest beach boys songs. I’m in great shape starts off the final part it’s alright its just a lead into the slow cover of I wanna be around and then the short workshop to end this three piece mini tracks. Then workshop leads into a separate track vega-tables quite an odd one probably my least favourite “full track” as i don’t like the “ wa, ha’s” in the background and the lyrics are very filler. On a holiday is a nice piano track with some filler but still good lyrics and the closing moment is great flowing into… Wind chimes has these great orchestral moment and the piano bit bridging these parts, but i’am not huge on most of the song. Mrs o Leary’s cow is a great piano led instrumental which has a good intro then it spirals off into this stranger part being intriguing but not a re listen for me. The downtempo start of in blue Hawaii swoops in then builds up to a piano section which is cool then it gets much happier only to be met with great strings and horns near the end. What hasn’t been said about good vibrations? It’s definitely the top track and a solid closer to this album i can’t say what hasn’t said before so i’am not gonna say anything. Overall I enjoyed the album but with that many tracks it felt a bit too long and without good vibrations the final part would be a really huge quality drop.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

A fast-paced, epic record from music icon, Brian Wilson. This concept record's tracks seem to blend into one another, there are some great songs on here, though it's a bit of a jumble at times. Not really a big fan of the Beach Boys, but enjoyed it and glad this finally got a real release!

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

sonic genius on this lost gem... not sure it is masterpiece on a pet sounds level

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

7/10. Like Pet Sounds, except this album actually has some pet sounds in it.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

I've always heard comparisons between the evolution of the Beach Boys to that of the Beatles, but never really dove into their discography to find out why since the singles I knew I wasn't super into. This album really illuminated those comparisons, and taking those hits and really building on the musicality of it while making each song flow into the next shows how strong Brian Wilson is with crafting a piece of music. Really enjoyed this and opened my eyes to the band, can't wait for more of their albums to show up on this project.

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Sat May 14 2022
4

Holy cow, I don't even know how to talk about this album. You'll never catch me driving down the road, Smile blaring from my windows, but it's really cool. It feels a little like a hodgepodge mess initially, but every inch of this is deliberate and kind of wonderful. Beautiful arrangements, wild sonic experiments, and a sense of humor on top. The symphonic elements are gorgeous, and I love the musical threads that wind through multiple songs, which is really brilliant. This actually did make me smile. Fave Songs: Heroes and Villains, Good Vibrations, In Blue Hawaii, Vega-Tables, On a Holiday, Wind Chimes, Child Is Father of the Man

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Sun May 15 2022
4

Rock muy a lo Beach Boys. Un 4.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

That wonderful period of pet sounds

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Complex and ambitious. Lovely layers and motifs connecting the album. Maybe a touch bloated/overbearing but the ambitious vision and good vibrations makes this a strong 4.

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Solid studio sorcery with a wacky back story! Fave track - "Good Vibrations" is obviously iconic. "Vege-tables" is another fave!

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

It can't get a 5 because I feel it is lacking the magic and fun of the original recordings. It's brilliant and beautiful but original flavour is always the best.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

It is how I expect the Beach Boys sound. It is not bad, but a little tired and not surprising in any way.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

I love the history (damn near mythology) around SMiLE, and this is probably the closest we will ever get to having the original vision be realized. And it's good! But still, in some places it does feel unfinished or inadequately realized. However, it also feels like a final breath of relief to settle the whole thing, as well. Cathartic, I imagine.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

There was a lot of Beach Boys on in my house growing up so I'm probably a little partial here. Though never any solo Brian Wilson. I really enjoyed the opening from Our Prayer / Gee to Heroes and Villains and I think that kind of hooked me. It's a little strange of an album, but in a good way. If you listen to it a few times, you really appreciate how it all blends together. Pull out a song here or there and yeah, it's going to be meh, especially because the lyrics can get pretty childish. But stay in any one of the three movements and it's pretty cool (and really try to ignore the lyrics in movement three - downright silly except for In Blue Hawaii and Good Vibrations). Not a classic, but neat concept and all the moving parts are executed pretty well.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Amongst some of the great "what could have been" musical events of the 20th Century, Smile exceeds its expectations simply by finally being created. One can wonder what would have happened had Brian Wilson been given the encouragement and the proper support needed to see Smile through and gave the world its "teenage homage to God" in the year of Sgt. Pepper and Surrealistic Pillow. Instead, all that was showcased was blueprints and scattered songs across their later discography and visions of the supposed masterpiece that never came. Good thing Brian finally found the courage, support and care necessary to finally bring this monument to it's most complete structure; for its existence does bring about a smile amongst this listener. Favorites: Heroes and Villains, Roll Plymouth Rock, Cabin Essence, Wonderful, Song for Children, Child is the Father of the Man, Surf's Up, Vega-Tables, Mrs. O'Leary's Cow, In Blue Hawaii, Good Vibrations.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Stuck it on repeat all day and listened to the original sessions and Smiley Smile. I like the grandiose scope of the project but don't feel like it achieved what it set out to do at all. The modules seemed to break up the quality rather than add texture. For me, part of the joy of the forms that he's working in is their simplicity so this treatment just feels fussy. Great orchestration and 'Good Vibrations' is near perfect. These recordings sound every bit as rich and warm as the originals to my ears despite the presence of no original Beach Boys beyond Brian, so this version to me is a success. Finally, if you're trying to stake a claim as a genius, move away from the siren whistle.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

It's the beach boys

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

I liked the soap opera style of the album. It benefits from not knowing the back story and listening as a standalone piece of work. Heroes and Villains is the standout track. I was left feeling happy that something positive came out of what sounds like a very negative creative process going back over the years. Smile...

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Well produced album

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

I bought this one when it came out, mainly because of the hype around it. This was an album rescued from oblivion - a hell of a backstory. And there are some great moments on this for sure. But I've never successfully listened to this all the way through. It's just a smidge over 45 minutes - not that long a stretch. But it feels like twice that to me. Maybe that's because it has so much to live up to? Still, Heroes and Villains, Roll Plymouth Rock, Surf's Up, Child is Father of the Man... all good stuff. Good Vibrations strikes me as a tug of war between Wilson and Mike Love. Those verses are hauntingly beautiful. Then the chorus busts in and "She's giving me excitations" - jesus that's bad. It's always been bad. I can't stand it. So this is better than background, but it always ends up in the background for me. 3.5 stars.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

报道完毕

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

Classic Beach Boys vibes, stoner rockish fun.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Really interesting, especially reading the history. Like a symphony at times, but bouncing between rich harmonies, complex songs, and goofy, childish tunes. Only a few that can really be called songs. A huge range of instruments.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Dacht al klinkt oud, blijkbaar al in 1966 opgenomen. Wel lekker vrolijk en best goed, maar wel klinkt ook wel wat oud. 4*

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Really interesting album. At times inane (for me), but I listened a little more closely as I read about Brian Wilson (didn't know a lick about him before) and Mrs. O'Leary's Cow was really unexpected. Ended up liking the album and learning from it. Not sure I'd listen to it again.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

First time I've heard this and it's great.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
4

I would very likely have rated this perfect had this album been made 4 decades earlier. Smile is the best album that's never been made, and here we have the closest piece of art to Brian's vision. Compared to what I've heard in Smiley Smile, tracks like "Heroes and Villains" are much better put together and less chaotic. "Vega-Tables" and "Wind Chimes" are the two really enhanced by this. And as a whole, the album is perfectly coherent, with one track flowing smoothly to the next. It all comes together beautifully, with wonderful harmonies and full to the brim with countless creative and mindblowing ideas in every song. It pulls your attention in how amazing it all sounds. The production is clean, and this is essential to understand how Brian aimed to put together all of his hard work. I love the goofy imagery that evokes a sense of childlike playfulness and curiosity in the classical-inspired soft and warm melodies. Every song is great and stands out one way or another, and many of their masterpieces like "Cabin Essence" and "Surf's Up" are here. I noticed a shift in the silliness of the songs starting with "I'm in Great Shape", with more attention on the strange instrumental techniques compared to the baroque harmonies, but it does feel a little disordered here, especially with the sudden conclusion with "Good Vibrations." That being said, I can't fall in love with this. It doesn't have the charisma of their 60s production style, and although this might sound better, it lacks the character from their 60s albums. The tracks smoothly flow, but sometimes it feels a little too fast for me, not as patient and warm as their 60s records. The harmonies are there, but they merge too closely together and feel mostly supplementary and a bit artificial at times... I much prefer the voices of the Beach Boys. But for most of all, Brian just has a rusty aging voice. This is mostly noticeable on tracks like "Surf's Up" where he can't hit as high as he could in the 1971 version, but really I just don't like his voice overall too much here.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
4

So much music history lore in this one! Brian Wilson placing a flaming log in the middle of the studio for the recording of the song Mrs. O'Leary's Cow to evoke the Great Chicago Fire caused by the aforementioned cow, then a fire randomly starting in the building next door, causing Brian to freak out. Heroes and Villains being the most expensive single the band ever recorded, consuming months of the band's attention, then having a lackluster release and sending Brian into a nervous breakdown. The whole album being shelved for 35 years until Brian could finally return to it and see his vision through to the end. There are moments of true greatness on this album. The line "And sonny down scruff I'm alright" from Heroes and Villains; the mournful interpretation of You Are My Sunshine, some of the most beautiful use of the harpsichord in rock music, the unbelievably angelic harmonies on Surf's Up. And going back to Heroes and Villains, that is simply one of the most beautiful uses of the human voice I've ever heard in music. Much of the absurdism and goofiness is a little bit lost on me (Vega-Table). And there are moments when Brian's age shows in his voice, making me wonder just how good this might have sounded if it was released all those years ago when it was first written. Which begs another question- obviously this album would have been super revolutionary and cutting edge if it came out in 1967. But released in 2004, so much has changed in music that it feels like this weird relic that finally made it to the party long after the other guests left. It's an important album in the sense of it being this grand vision of this brilliant man that finally got its cathartic ending. There is a beautiful poetry in that. Is there more significance to it than that?

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Genius

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

Boss

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

Strange that this s the first time I’ve heard of this album. Knowing the mythical status of the original ”Smile”, some might be disappointed by this rendition. I think it’s nice

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Tue Dec 14 2021
3

Like a lot of it’s ilk this is damn twee… I do like the beach boys, but this is too faux psychedelic.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

So many harmonies

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

This is a concept album, so I think you either get it or you don't. Maybe I would appreciate it more if I paid closer attention to the lyrics. There are also too many vocal harmonies for my taste. Still, it is really impressive that this project was revived and brought to a complete form after so many years!

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Good vibrations, but don't like most of it.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

Lots of harmonies. Sounds like a compilation of nursery rhymes. Good vibrations.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

Robert nous a pour ainsi dire bien baisé, choisissant parmi la maigre sélection d'albums des années 2000 un album préhistorique, composé dans les années 60 au Abbey Road studio.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

Euh Brian t'as pas l'impression de te foutre de nous là ?

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

sounds like other beach boys songs

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

feels like 2 albums, possibly due to time taken to write vs release date, loved the instrumental finish

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Mon Jan 17 2022
3

Solid 3, Jolly album

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

Half a dozen great songs, and then a bunch of snippets and unfinished music fragments stitched together and padded out to album length. Lots of good ideas, but most don’t really feel fleshed out. Not the masterpiece that critics and a lot of people will tell you it is.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
3

Un dels grans àlbums perduts del pop. La versió finalment editada de Brian Wilson va ser molt celebrada a la seva publicació. Però no és més que un bon disc de pop simfònic, amb dos o tres grans temes, ja coneguts, i la resta de petites píldores amb gran atenció pels arranjaments, i menys per les melodies

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

um okay beach boy

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Tue Feb 15 2022
3

A multitalented songwriter with a tremendous grasp of musical styles, but the songs are all too disjointed to feel like you ever really get “into” it.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Good vibrations

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Sat Feb 19 2022
3

Really starting to grow on me. Interesting album with interesting sounds. 3/5

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

While I appreciate the complex vocal harmonies and enjoyed some of the arrangements, this is probably not an album that I would listen to again. 3.5/5 stars

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

Man, I’m tripping…

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Tue Mar 08 2022
3

Again, out of my element. Believe this will be a recurring theme with this list. Hit and miss. But, overall enjoyable. With some welcomed odd wtf moments. And an excellent reimaging of "Good Vibrations."

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Tue Mar 08 2022
3

3/5. Most of the songs are enjoyable.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

I think a lot of people are familiar with the "lost album" this album shares it's name, as well as possibly knowing the story about how it drove Brian Wilson mad. I can somewhat see why. I think "ambitious" isn't an ambitious enough word to describe the undertaking here. Each song changes phase so frequently it's tough to keep track of them. It's well arranged and flows well together, just maybe a little insane. Favorite tracks: "Heroes and Villans", "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow"

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Tue Mar 22 2022
3

WTF just happened? I’m not sure if Brian Wilson is a mad genius, or just mad (and I don’t mean angry; although maybe he is, I’m not sure.) To be completely candid, 'Smile' simply went right over my head. I’m guessing the first of Wilson’s three movements was something of a lament over the early white settlers illegal and unjust occupation of north American lands upon which the Indians had lived for millennia? If so, a western saloon-sounding piano might not have been the best choice of instrument for ‘Roll Plymouth Rock’- and yes, I know Plymouth is in the eastern United States. Reason for further confusion. That said, the choice of banjo and harmonica on ‘Cabin Essence,’ three songs later, was very appropriate to the mood. So, what do I know? Wilson’s more the master of this. On ‘Blue Hawaii’ (the third movement- hey, why go in order? I’m lost anyway) his outstanding harmonies ‘water, water, etc.) actually sound like, well, water. I’m not learned enough in musical theory and composition to explain why this is so; it just is. Listen for yourself. Lyrically, however, that’s a whole other story. Assisted by Van Dyke Parks, Wilson’s co-writer, 'Smile' is chocked full of lines like ‘Columinated ruins domino,’ from a tune entitled (just as curiously) ‘Surf’s Up.’ Or ‘I’m in the great shape of agriculture,’ from ‘I’m In Great Shape/I Wanna Be Proud/Workshop.’ Would someone, could someone, please explain what Parks and Wilson are expressing? Captain Beefheart probably could. Syd Barrett? That’s a good bet. ‘Course they were both mad hatters as well. I’m not sure it I liked 'Smile' or hated 'Smile.' No, on second thought, I definitely did not hate it. But I might not know for a while to what extent I either did or did not like it. The highlight of this whole thing was the final track, ‘Good Vibrations.’ No surprise why this became such a huge hit, and it holds up today, over half a century later. In fact, I wish the entire album would’ve been a little more like it, a mostly sustained tune with some interesting melodic and tempo changes; but not too much, unlike the rest of the LP. All the stopping and starting finally wore me out. Sometimes an artist can be too clever. On the plus side, though, Wilson does excel in creating lush harmonic soundscapes, from the beginning acapella ‘Ooos’ all the way to the end. Add to that the splendid orchestral arrangements of the Stockholm Strings ‘n’ Horns. Bravo! And, finally, the band itself, close to a dozen players with no instrument left behind! No wonder the other, original Beach Boys mostly panned this LP with a lot of snarky, jealous comments to the press. ‘Course these boys have been bitching amongst themselves like an elderly women’s church quilting bee for decades now, so why should the 21st century be any different? In my opinion, The Beach Boys need Brian Wilson a lot more than Brian Wilson needs The Beach Boys. The question unanswered remains: What does the listener need? Imagination? Hallucination? Conversation? Consultation? I’d add Explanation, but I doubt Wilson’s entertaining that anymore, if he ever did at all. Or, maybe the answer’s right in front of me: to smile and listen through my teeth, while my ears take over chewing duties. Or as the saner Bob Dylan once replied to Mona when she warned him to stay away from those bloodthirsty railroad men, ‘… there’s only one I’ve met, and he just smoked my eyelids and punched my cigarette.’ OK, now, I’m smiling.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

Not very interesting but I guess it sounds alright. 6/10

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

choir boys

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

2004? decent 60s songs

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Mon Apr 25 2022
3

An album of its time. In this case, ‘time’ being the aborted sessions of the late 1960s rather that its belated release in 2004. It does have its charm, but it doesn’t add anything to the Beach Boys canon (completists, you can pretend I don’t exist. I’m cool with this)

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Sat May 07 2022
3

I don't know. I guess I'm glad I heard it so it's hard to give it too low of a score, but it was really not very compelling. Not sure what was going on in "Vega-Tables" but it was a weird failed attempt at being clever. A lot of the songs had really cool parts but then the whole mood and style of the song changed into something worse. Probably won't listen again.

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Sun May 15 2022
3

Olfos, es que es el de los Beach Boys. De hecho, por eso le doy un 3, porque me ha parecido un poco tostón.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

Do I appreciate the history? YES Would I ever listen to this again? NO

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Tue May 31 2022
3

I get that this album was mythical for decades, but I dunno if it was worth the wait... I like the really diverse instruments and structures. But I think Brian Wilson's melodies are usually just too smart for me. The through-composed nature of most of these songs gives you nothing to latch on to. Those with at least a little bit of motif (e.g. Vege-Tables, Wind Chimes, and obviously Good Vibrations) are therefore the highlights.

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Tue May 31 2022
3

Interesting and at times really beautiful. I thought about The Fleet Foxes a lot when listening to the harmonies.

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Tue May 31 2022
3

A trip into Brian Wilson’s mind…as I expected, it was interesting, weird, super creative, and surprising. Not the kind of album I’d spin most days, but I appreciate it for the art that it is.

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Tue May 31 2022
3

Kuulad ja aru ei saa, mis aastast see on. Kõlab nagu Beach Boys. Midagi kõlab vist siiski 00ndate indilikult, võib-olla neutral milk hotellikult isegi. Selgus et ta oli Beach boysi asutajaliige ja see plaat on avaldamata materjal :D

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

I'm not sure how to place this album genre wise. Kind of weird, choiry and acapella but not really. Weird vibe that changes with each song. Hmm.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

This was a fun album, lots of good vibes. Good vibrations aside tho nothing really stood out for me. It's a little all over the place, and the acapella oooooo's wear a bit thin after a while. Also vege-tables gave me horrible flashbacks to Mr Bloom's nursery and Sebastien the aubergine

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Tue Jun 07 2022
3

In some ways, this was a very awkward album. It's the re-visiting of a 60's album in 2004. At the same time it's a boy-band album sung by an aged man. At times it's also more psychedelic than how I imagine anything related to the Beach Boys should be. All that said, it doesn't sound bad. But despite it's weird aspects, it does not sound very memorable at all.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

A very wild ride!

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Mon Jul 04 2022
3

A throwback to the Beach boys days however it still doesn't really reach me. The pop music is relaxed and easy listening but it doesn't really grab my attention etc

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Mon Jul 04 2022
3

Must have been surreal for Brian to revisit work from 4 decades prior and the personal challenges that came with it. Clearly the man is an absolute genius. The production and vocal layering is incredible. But over an entire album, it lacks dynamics and changes to the songs to really provide something more worthwhile.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

Self-indulgent, backward looking, and mostly mediocre. Dennis > Brian. Best track: Heroes & Villains

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

I like the beach boys and all but I feel like I just haven't quite got all the way there with them yet.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

This is what it would sound like if you were having a nightmare and someone put a Beach Boys album on in the background (particularly Mrs. O'Leary's Cow - that's some dark stuff for a Beach Boy). Overall, this album is...interesting. Probably more relevant as a musical curiosity (long unfinished album finally gets finished) than as a great album. I also listened to Smiley Smile (the sort-of Smile album the Beach Boys released in 1967) - it's interesting to compare the same tracks on each (where available). Heroes and Villains is a pretty cool track and compares pretty closely to the version on Smiley Smile. Good Vibrations is a classic, of course - interesting that this version has different lyrics from the original. I'm interested enough to want to keep digging into this album, which is usually at least a 4 for me, but it's also seriously weird. I don't necessarily mind weird, but I'm going to have to go with a 3 because it's just a little too weird.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

All I can hear in my mind as I am listening to this is "Weird Al" Yankovic's parody "Pancreas." And I _KNOW_ I shouldn't be thinking of it, but it's stuck in there as I am listening to this. The whole thing feels very... childish. But then, I always felt that way with the Beach Boys. Like, the songs never dealt with overly mature stuff, and the music reflected this (Good Vibrations and all). It's too clean cut. Speaking of that, Good Vibrations to me will unfortunately be linked to Sunkist soda. I remember seeing the commercials when I was 13 or 14. I didn't realize the corporate linking, I just assumed the song was for the soda. Little did I know... So now I cannot unlink it in my head. So I think it was a great accomplish for Brian Wilson to come back to this work over 35 years later. Are the melodies hummable? Probably. But it's so... light and sugar-y. It's an important album in the history of rock, but I just don't know if it's something I would come back to and listen to again and again.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Nice but I did get a bit bored by the end

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

I struggled with some of this but don't want to be unfair as I was in a stressy bad mood. Some of those songs were generally irritating BUT some of them are classics. I think Good Vibrations is one of the best songs ever. Luke told me the sad history of this album, that it was long awaited whilst Brian Wilson struggled with drugs and was feeling intimidated by the Beatles.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
3

Easy listening and enjoyable

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

Smile seems to have a kind of concerto form: The middle slowed things down and apparent lyrical themes lost me a bit. Every track has a bit of substance, and Heroes and Villains grabbed me hard at the start. The project in retrospect, though, feels overproduced and under-something (certainly not -worked, given the time involved).

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Good album just dated

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

The Beach Boys' legendary lost album rerecorded in its entirety by Brian Wilson in 2004. He did a pretty good job. Despite no other Beach Boys being involved, this delivers the classic sound and characteristic harmonies. It will be interesting to compare this to 'The Smile Sessions' from 1967. Rating: 3.5/5 Playlist track: Heroes and Villains Date listened: 28/09/22

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Bit of an odd one this. I mostly enjoyed it but it was a little bit too "zany" for me.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Stands as a reminder of what could have been.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Beach boyssss, simple men solide pop/rock melodier

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

This album is certainly experimental, but hard to listen to at times knowing the abuse he suffered as a child. The child-like melodies were purposeful which is brilliant and heartbreaking. There’s touched of the signature Beach Boys sound that I really liked, and a song full of farm animal sounds that my 18 month old enjoyed.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Overall I enjoyed this. Classic sounds and good harmonies. Went off the rails a few times but I didn't mind it.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Enjoyable enough, but very much of its time

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Confession, I have never listened to this album before. I know lots of people will judge me for that. It's very jolly. I see why people love it. And respect it for it's craft. But probably not something I'd listen to as an album again.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

Pop.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

3 - must be much better live but a bit muddled

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Fine.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Maybe I wasn’t concentrating but I didn’t enjoy this as much as I expected to. Still love the Beach Boys sound and really feel for Brian Wilson but feel this only warranted a mean 3*

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

Just another album that really did nothing for me.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
2

This is a bit of a struggle... I like some Beach Boys stuff but it's a "small doses" sort of affair. Singles good, whole albums are a stretch. This feels like an entire album of b-sides - which it kinda is, reading the history. There's not much substance to any of it. I'm really at a loss as to why it's made it into a list this prestigious (lol). 2/5.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
2

Couple of cool songs (roll Plymouth rock is great) but overall not really my vibe

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Tue Feb 01 2022
2

Felt like a fever dream. It's going to be hard for me to see this from the right perspective I get, but I just didn't understand it. A mess of vignettes, random noises (work tools and barn animals?), layered harmonies and orchestration that's bizarre and jolting. I have loved Brian Wilson singers before, but 50 minutes was a dark trip overload. Which is weird because everything I take as dark is, I think, meant to be sunny.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
2

Welp. I am not sure what to think. - Yes! I know Good Vibrations! And I like it. (not enough to make me excited for the entire album, though...)

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Mon Feb 28 2022
2

this was the follow up to Pet Sounds? That was supposed to be the next Sgt Pepper? Not so much

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Mon Feb 28 2022
2

I remember being SOOO pumped when this album came out...spiritual successor to Pet Sounds...hell yes! I probably got through it twice before dismissing it. Approached this listen with hope that maybe I missed something 20 years ago, but my memory was affirmed. Something is overall missing from the "Beach Boys" sound in this release. 2/5

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Mon Feb 28 2022
2

Didn't love it. Sounds a lot like the beach boys original stuff but also kind of like a children's album. Liked the slowed down 'Good Vibrations'. Hated 'Mrs. O'learys cow'.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
2

Odd - a couple of wonderful beach boys elements, but the rest is just fragments. It was never going to beat or be in the same league as Pepper

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Fri Mar 04 2022
2

Beach Boys and prog rock had a fever dream baby. I like the ingredients, but not the recipe.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
2

Truly weird Sergeant Pepper vibes.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
2

Lo- Rock Plymouth Rock, Barnyard "The Beach Boys never broke up...we still have concerts and record albums in my mom's basement while she's at work"

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Tue Mar 08 2022
2

Lots of cool stuff on this album, particularly with voice. It is bright, optimistic, experimental, and very busy. Often it is downright hectic. Sadly, all of those features come together to become grating long before the runtime is elapsed. Imagine being in a car with someone you've just met, and, at first, found very charming. They were affable and superficially interesting. The conversation was instantly lively. But, over an hour drive to the next city, you realized they were doing all the talking and you just wanted the drive to end. They wouldn't stop making animal sounds, and telling you about their half-baked song ideas, and pronouncing vegetables "vega-tables" like they thought they were goddamn Steve Martin on the stand-up circuit. Once, a siren went off in the distance, and they produced a siren whistle, you know, the ones with the little fan in them that makes the rising wwhHHIIIRRR sound, and blew along with the siren and just laughed their goddamn head off at their own spontaneity. That was my experience with this record. I appreciate Wilson's willingness to be surprisingly weird on record. Music needs that. But I will never listen to this again. I suspect the band Fun took a lot from this record when they made Aim And Ignite, and that is a much better record.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
2

Ich mag seine sülzigen Vokalharmonien einfach nicht.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
2

Interesting idea by Brian Wilson, to go back and make an album that he tried to record 40 years previously. For me though it sounded like it belonged in the 60s, and the more recent versions of Heroes and Villains and Good Vibrations weren't really as good as the original ones. A decent listen, but I'll stick to Pet Sounds.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
2

I bought this on CD when it came out . I was expecting 10 “Good Vibrations “, and how good would that have been ! This is obviously not . I can see why it was shelved for 40 years . I love Brian Wilson regardless and I’ve seriously tried to get into this .

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Fri Apr 08 2022
2

Why would I need to listen to this throwback album that was out of it's time before I die?

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Wed Apr 13 2022
2

4/11/2022 Today's Album: "Smile" by Brian Wilson - I already reviewed this album and it got deleted so I am just going to say this. This album is made by the bassist of the Beach Boys and it sounds exactly like what you imagine from one of the members of the band making music on their own. It just has that typical beach boys falsetto and every track begins to sound the same by track 6. It isn't a terrible listen, but it has flat production compared to any Beach Boys record and the only standout songs are the opening track and what is just a re-recording of the Beach Boys' Good Vibrations. My research indicated this record had a lot of hype behind it's release, but I think it totally isn't worth it and disappoints any expectations of a Beach Boys spiritual successor record. Listen to it if you are a die hard Beach Boys fan and have to hear every release, but even then I don't think it's that enjoyable. Score: 4/10 Incredibly underwhelming. Highlights: Heroes and Villains, Good Vibrations

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Sat Apr 23 2022
2

if this came in 1960 it will be a very good album but for a 2004 release this a very lazy and monotonous record which bases it self only in the lyrics. Definitely not a 1001

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Fri Apr 29 2022
2

Not for me

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Fri May 06 2022
2

Shitter Pet Sounds

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Fri May 06 2022
2

Meh.

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Mon May 23 2022
2

oooof can i just be polite and say "I recognize that Brian Wilson is a musical genius"?

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Tue May 31 2022
2

Meh. It all just sounds like Beach Boys.

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Sat Jun 04 2022
2

Whimsical, self-assured, undeniably ambitious, features elaborate harmony and melodies. Unfortunately too often grating and irritating. Feels like it's trying to bite early Zappa, but comes up woefully short. A VERY generous 2/5, only for the ambition and the relatively unique sound. Best tracks; Mrs. O'Leary's Cow and I want to say Good Vibrations, but the original Beach Boys version is better.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
2

Ik dacht effe dat ik in de kerk zat, totdat de rock 'n roll begon! De liedjes doen me aan de Beach Boys denken, maar dan iets minder vlot. **

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Mon Aug 01 2022
2

Brian Wilson is not The Beach Boys. I'm not sure why this album makes it onto this list, it doesn't have anything to make we want to listen to it again

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Thu Aug 18 2022
2

Recycled

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Thu Aug 25 2022
2

This feels like a time capsule. I do love The Beach Boys, but found this too washed-out and whimsical for my taste. And I found it hard to hear the lyrics in a lot of places. And where I could hear them, he was going on about vegetables. Having given the whole album a spin, I then had a listen to the ‘original’ Smile Sessions. I MUCH prefer this. I mean how can you even try to improve on Good Vibrations? The Smile Sessions are just as bonkers, but also feel much more layered and, importantly, in context of the time. It’s a shame it never got finished. Just say no, kids.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
2

This is fucking stupid. 2

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

Didn’t make me smile. But that’s not to say it won’t ever make me smile.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

Oh ho ho, what's all this then? Genuinely, this sounds like a reasonably advanced AI that doesn't quite 'get' how popular music appeals to humans, but has nonetheless been fed a bunch of Beach Boys songs and told to get on with it. Some really abrupt handbrake turns in the music, which are most unpleasant; and those goofy harmonies are so sweet my teeth itch. Just a completely foul vibe - yet strangely compelling for all that.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

Brian wilson has a very unique voice, tone and lyrical style. Not totally for me. I'm not throwing this record on

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

Better than I thought it would be because I generally hate the Beach Boys and that style of music but there were a couple interesting creative songs or parts of songs. Still only a 2 though.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
2

too beach boy slike

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Sun Oct 16 2022
2

Inte jättedåligt men för mycket trams för mitt tycke. Lyssna på Beach Boys istället.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
2

I wanted to love this, but it is way out there conceptually for me. I know how obsessed Brian Wilson was with completing this, but the end result is something out of time to me. That Beach Boy sound is on full display though, but I feel he broke this ground already prior to this album, even though this was his vision all along. I just don't really get it.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
2

From my understanding, this album was definitely a labor of love and trauma for Brian Wilson, but unfortunately it missed it's mark for me. It read as very creepy and nightmarish to me with it's harmonies and child-like themes...would have worked as the soundtrack for a horror movie in my mind 😳

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Wed Oct 19 2022
2

It mostly sounds half baked.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
2

Honestly I dont get this album ...

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Sun Nov 13 2022
2

The instrumental tracks were the only ones I found interesting. I read the description after listening to the album and it really helped me understand the mess I had just heard. It’s basically an unfinished Beach Boys album that only Brian Wilson contributed to. While no doubt he was a creative powerhouse in the band this is proof that creativity is not just about adding things it’s knowing when to stop or remove things that aren’t adding to the overall piece. A lot of good ideas here but they’re mostly ruined by being sandwiched in between nonsense; leaving very few tracks that I would willingly return to for a second listen. Had I heard this for the first time in 1970 I would’ve undoubtedly been blown away but being released in 2004 it was decades late and outperformed by many other artists. Can’t imagine how this made it on this list

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Wed Nov 30 2022
2

It’s just fine. Felt like something was missing, but I didn’t know why. I enjoyed listening to Good Vibrations but will just add the original to my playlist when that comes around. This is a 2, no playlist adds.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
2

This is a weird album. It's like Beach Boy fan fiction. The story behind it is weird too. Apparently Brian wrote this with the original Beach Boys in the 60's. Something happened that blew everything up. He agreed to come back and continue work on it in the 2000's, and finally released it. It's too over the top for me.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
1

Standout tracks: Heroes and Villains Skipped tracks: Every other song. I could not finish the album Summary: Apparently Smile was originally supposed to be a Beach Boys album. I don't mind some Beach Boys songs, but I think they're a singles band. Smile is no different

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Mon Jan 03 2022
1

Yeesh I mean the Beach Boys def get their sound from Brian but I am just not a fan of this album. It's almost like an experimental album. Ironically, the best song was "Good Vibrations", a song originally released in the 60s. Really? 3/10.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
1

Niks an

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Fri Mar 04 2022
1

Jeden z najdziwniejszych odsluchow jakie sie pojawily na liscie, muzyka ktora tak lubie brzmi tak nie na miejscu, Smile pana Braiana Wilsona, ktorego raczej kazdy kojarzy glownie z Beach Boysow jest dziwna kompilacja wlasnie Boysowej tworczosci, legenda glosi, ze biczowie nagrali tak cudaczny material, ze Beatlesow trzeba by bylo zeskrobywac z chartow, album mial sie nazywac Smile, wiec jak dzisiejsza plyta, ale nie wyszedl w 66 czy 67, tylko mial swoje rozne wcielenia na przestrzeni lat, rozpoczynajac od Smiley Smile z 67, bedacego mini epkiem, bo zaledwie 27 minutowy krazek, pierwsza smilowa kompilacja byly good vibrations, jako krazek na 30 lecie boysow, drugi byl wlasnie projekt solowy pana Briana z 2k04 i ostatnim jest the smile sessions z 2k11, jakos nigdy mnie nie naszlo zeby az tak zaglebiac sie w lore smilowe, ale pierwszy i ostatni tributowy projekt to orginalne nagrania poprawione jak sie dalo, z lepszym lub gorszym efektem, ale na dzisiejszym picku jest cos calkiem nowego, kawalki te same, ale nagrywane calkowicie od nowa, z poteznym zapleczem instrumentalnym, wiec brzmi to jeszcze bardziej orkiestrowo niz w latach 60, nie chce mi sie nawet sprawdzac czy jakies nazwiska sie pokrywaja z wczesniejszymi kolaboratorami boysow, bo ciezko mi znalezc traka dla ktorego warto by to bylo zrobic, nie ma tutaj tego czegos, nawet jesli klawisze klikaja tak samo, to jednak brzmia calkowicie inaczej, ponad 30 lat roznicy a slychac regress pod wzgledem masteringu, co najbardziej zabolalo na surfs up, kawalku ktory tak otula sluchacza to z jeden to z drugiej strony w zamykajacej czesci kawalka, ale jednak najslabiej slychac samego pana Wilsona, teraz pytanie czy to przez ten dziwny mastering, czy jednak lata nie oszczedzily go tak dobrze jak chocby pana Bowiego, ktory do samego konca mial tak potezny wokal, wiec dziwny to byl odsluch, zapomne go bardzo szybko, a im wiekszym fangejem Beach Boysow jestem tym wiekszym hejterem tego krazka, ktory jest jak dla mnie apokryficznym dzielem pana Briana

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Fri Mar 18 2022
1

Can’t get behind this one. Couldn’t even finish the whole album. Not my type of music

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Thu Apr 07 2022
1

Wat een chaotisch samenraapsel van muziek. Absoluut niet van genoten... Enkel het laatste nummer is leuk

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Mon Mar 07 2022
1

What the actual hell ? That was just annoying

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Thu Apr 28 2022
1

God this is tiring. It's everything the Beach Boys did well sixty years ago, diluted with twee baroque guff interespersed with novelty tracks like "Mrs O'leary's Cow". If ever there's an example of the artist being put before the art, I think this is it. What utter wank. Good Vibrations is the only good track on the album, and it was done better sixty years ago.

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Wed May 18 2022
1

A really problematic album. Its listening to 500 tracks at once style is basically unlistenable

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Thu May 26 2022
1

I just don't like the Beach Boys and I don't like this. There is the odd OK moment - but those slide whistles - jeez!

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Tue Jun 14 2022
1

i cant stand this album. 1 star. like a bad cover of beach boys.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
1

I listened with an open mind and even tried to like it, but, sorry folks, just bored me.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
1

this one sounds like a musical for sentimentals who yearn for the past

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Fri Sep 16 2022
1

I didn't like this music when it originally came out and I definitely don't like it now. Just terrible.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
1

Awful

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Wed Oct 12 2022
1

nej

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Fri Oct 28 2022
1

I hate the Beach Boys and I hated this.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
1

Don't get this at all. Clearly I'm in the minority, as it's so loved ... but to me, load of old guff

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