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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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Rating

3.08

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3536

Genres

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

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Boomer nostalgia shit

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5

I love Brian Wilson!

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5

Amazing album! Brian Wilson is my hero

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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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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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Bon jovi

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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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5

Assez incroyable

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

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Like

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5

Always got time for a bit of Brian.

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5

the best!

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

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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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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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4

Love those Brian Wilson harmonies!

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Nice

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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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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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Surf music

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

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Uplifting. 7/10.

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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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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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4

Brian Wilson is a universal treasure xxx

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Rock muy a lo Beach Boys. Un 4.

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4

there was some good vibrations in this one

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4

Love Brian wilson. Not quite as good as pet sounds

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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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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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4

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

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

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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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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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Rock muy a lo Beach Boys. Un 4.

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That wonderful period of pet sounds

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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It's the beach boys

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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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So many harmonies

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

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

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

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sounds like other beach boys songs

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

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Solid 3, Jolly album

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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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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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um okay beach boy

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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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Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Good vibrations

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

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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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Man, I’m tripping…

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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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3/5. Most of the songs are enjoyable.

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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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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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choir boys

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2004? decent 60s songs

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

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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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3

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

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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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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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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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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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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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A very wild ride!

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

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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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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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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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Nice but I did get a bit bored by the end

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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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Easy listening and enjoyable

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Just another album that really did nothing for me.

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

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

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

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Truly weird Sergeant Pepper vibes.

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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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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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Ich mag seine sülzigen Vokalharmonien einfach nicht.

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

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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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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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Not for me

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Shitter Pet Sounds

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Meh.

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

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Meh. It all just sounds like Beach Boys.

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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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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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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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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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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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Niks an

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

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

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What the actual hell ? That was just annoying

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

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

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

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