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: 279th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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85/100 (from 797 votes)
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The Smile Sessions is ranked 2nd best out of 70 albums by The Beach Boys on

The best album by The Beach Boys is Pet Sounds which is ranked number 11 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 47,496.

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From 04/22/2023 20:11
The greatest album that will ever be made by anyone ever.
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From 01/17/2023 17:34
The set piece moments within the album are incredible such as “Heroes and Villains” and “Good Vibrations” but there are moments with the transitional tracks between the big songs that feel like there’s a lot of style over genuine substance consistently through the album.
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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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