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The Smile Sessions (album) by The Beach Boys

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The Smile Sessions
The Smile Sessions by The Beach Boys (2011)
Release date: 2011-10-31
Overall rank: 296th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 673 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 5 albums of 2011 (3rd)
Award Top 50 albums of the 2010s (25th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (296th)

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The Beach Boys bestography

The Smile Sessions is ranked 2nd best out of 58 albums by The Beach Boys on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Beach Boys is Pet Sounds which is ranked number 14 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 101,329.

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100/100
SMiLE overtakes Pet Sounds in musical achievement, and would have even overtaken Sgt. Peppers if it had come out as anticipated. Just think of the incredible lengths to which the Beatles would have been forced to go had this been their competition at the time! When The Beach Boys fell off the face of the earth with Smiley Smile, the Beatles were essentially given a free pass to do whatever they wanted, which turned out fine considering the albums they put out, but I wonder how things would have changed if The Beach Boys had continued to put the Beatles’ feet to the fire with this incredible follow up to Pet Sounds. This is perhaps my favorite album of all time.
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85/100
From Montpejo
Standouts: Good Vibrations, Surf's Up

Weakest: Our Prayer, Barnyard, The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow)
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65/100
Although I love Beach Boys and Brian Wilson this album do not work for me, I may be of an unpopular opinion but I prefer the simple versions of these songs, in fact, besides "Good Vibrations" I can't say I really enjoyed anything Else in this album.
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15/100
Been listening to the top 10 of this site for every year since my birth year (1988) and this album sounded horrible to these ears. A huge slog to get through - and I had already suffered this crap when listening to "Smile" by elder statesmen Brian Wilson at #9 in 2004.
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95/100
I am 99% sure, given Pet Sounds' "masterpiece" status, that if this album had been released in early '67, it would be considered the greatest album of all time. It would have beat out Sgt. Pepper by a good 5 months. Even though it wasn't released then, it's still one of the greatest albums ever, people just don't know it. The songwriting is endlessly creative and encapsulating, but the one flaw is that it doesn't really feel like a "Beach Boys" album and instead more like a Brian Wilson album. If only it had that classic beach boys feel to it...
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95/100
Wonderful-Surf's Up is beautiful.
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95/100
From JulianR
This album is such a grower. Its one of those albums that only becomes amazing once you can sing along to every melody, and it makes it especially hard on this record because of the sheer number of different pieces and movements within each. Keep listening to it, and it will get better and better! It started out as a 70/100 for me, and after many months and many listens it's a 95
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From Sean
Can't believe I once called this overrated, what a masterful achievement. Makes me really dislike Mike Love though for stopping it all those years ago
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Best Tracks: Wind Chimes, Heroes And Villains
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