The Smile Sessions (studio album) by The Beach Boys

The Smile Sessions by The Beach Boys
Year: 2011
Release date: 2011-10-31
Overall rank: 271st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 767 votes)
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Award Top 5 albums of 2011 (3rd)
Award Top 50 albums of the 2010s (31st)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (271st)
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The Smile Sessions is ranked 2nd best out of 66 albums by The Beach Boys on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Beach Boys is Pet Sounds which is ranked number 12 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 52,108.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 85.7/100, a mean average of 84.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 85.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.8.

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From 05/02/2022 14:01
No one will argue that The Beach Boys made beautiful and complex music. This record is no different. It’s pleasing to listen to and some of the vocal harmonies and unusual instrumentation will leave you with a smile (get it?).

But the inclusion of a version of “Good Vibrations” gives the game away. None of the other songs, for all their beauty and interesting complexity come close. This really is a compilation of bits and pieces, albeit a compilation that’s nice to listen to.
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From 02/05/2022 16:26
Some gems, but still suffers from being all over the place. Better than Pet Sounds at least.
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From 02/03/2022 02:03
A peak in songwriting and creativity. Brian Wilson makes some beautiful, beautiful music.
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From 09/27/2021 22:43
There is a lot to love on this record and so many beautiful compositions to delve into. This album is extremely multi-layered and so much fun to look into and find these small nuances that you missed in your first listen making you want to come back for more. You can see the potential all over the album and this record really could have been one of the best albums of all time. However, that record was not released and we have this instead which is still a great collection of songs and is probably the second or third best the group created but just not up to that same level. Overall, well worth a listen if you love top class production and just pure musical genius in places.
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From 02/02/2021 02:45
Truly amazing, I wish this was finished in the 60s, but am grateful it was at least released. Brian Wilson is really one of a kind.
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From 12/16/2020 18:54
Wilson is a goddam genius. The Heroes and Villains motif throughout the first side is the single greatest composition in music. If this album was finished and has just a bit more oomph on some of the songs, it would be the greatest album of all time.
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From 08/02/2020 12:08
The greatest collection of music recordings ever. This would (and should) have changed the world
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From 06/23/2020 19:27
One of the most famous unreleased albums, The Beach Boys' Smile was finally released as part of a box set in 2011. Smile is an incredible album. Each movement is wonderfully cohesive and meticulously crafted by Brian Wilson. There's some obvious highlights, and they all fit nicely within the confines of the album.
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From 02/08/2020 10:25
This is clearly missing something. It doesn't have the feeling of a full fledged album. The songs are pretty interesting, I can imagine this could have been the best ever album of all times if released at its time. But this is not as ambitious as pet sounds in any way due to the late release.
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