The Smile Sessions (studio album) by The Beach Boys

The Smile Sessions
The Smile Sessions by The Beach Boys
Year: 2011
Release date: 2011-10-31
Overall rank: 263rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 742 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 (263rd)
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The Smile Sessions is ranked 2nd best out of 65 albums by The Beach Boys on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Beach Boys is Pet Sounds which is ranked number 13 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 56,550.

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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 85.8/100, a mean average of 84.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 86.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.0.

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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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90/100
From 09/02/2019 17:54
This has to be the Beach Boys' strongest collection of songs outside of 'Pet Sounds' and is arguably a far more interesting piece as a whole. Obvious centrepieces 'Heroes and Villians', 'Cabin Essense', 'Surfs Up' and 'Good Vibracious' are of course instant classics, but a few of the deeper, stranger cuts nestled within this album (e.g. Vegetables, Do You Like Worms?, Wind Chimes and Wonderful) are serious growers with Brian Wilson's endearingly naïve lyrics and his disjointed, proto-cut-and-paste approach forming the core of the album as a whole. At this point in their career, The Beach Boys were at odds with the music scene around them - forking away from the psych rock of the time towards rootsy Americana and piano-backed barbershop. But even in it's nearly finished state, it's intriguing to wonder how this would have sounded to audiences in '67, on the cusp of Sgt. Peppers and the Summer of Love. We'll never know this would have been a hit or a dud had it reached audiences in the decade it was written, but it's inarguable that nothing like has been written in the decades of popular music since.
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From 07/10/2019 13:35
Awesome, though I didn't care for some filler tracks.

Favorites: Surf's Up, Good Vibrations.
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From 05/26/2019 16:30
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 03/13/2019 20:16
Standouts: Good Vibrations, Surf's Up

Weakest: Our Prayer, Barnyard, The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow)
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