The Beach Boys The Smile Sessions
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Colton
November 27th 2020


7321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it has different arrangements than this one and the production is better since it was recorded in 2004, worth checking imo

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Doibhin69
January 11th 2021


844 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is amazing but I still like pet sounds more.

Doibhin69
January 11th 2021


844 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Definitely in top 5 tho

Colton
January 13th 2021


7321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Surf’s Up is a masterpiece

ArsMoriendi
January 13th 2021


32825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Surf's Up is a great song



It's been available to the public since 1971 on a better album though than this :P

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Colton
January 13th 2021


7321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That’s fair. When I listen to Pet Sounds and this I can’t help but think how limited Brian Wilson was by technology. In almost every arrangement you can hear what he wanted to do, and he mostly achieves it, but it’s always diminished just slightly by the technology of the 60s not fully being able to carry his vision. Imagine if he were in his prime now in 2021

ArsMoriendi
January 13th 2021


32825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I guess



I kinda like the denser production quality of 65-72 when it comes to psychedelic music, it feels more appropriate



In fact super clean modern psych like Tame Impala is just the worst... someone should down mix Tame Impala to sound 60s, maybe I'll finally get them

FirstStrikeIsDeadly
January 13th 2021


1172 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Imagine what Brian Wilson would've been doing if someone other than that awful bastard Eugene Landy got him off drugs and overeating.

Doibhin69
January 13th 2021


844 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ars has the worst beach boys opinion I've ever seen of them lol

ArsMoriendi
January 13th 2021


32825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah bro Smiley Smile and Surf's Up are way better than this glorified compilation of touched up demos



Pet Sounds too is better than this too, but duh

Colton
January 13th 2021


7321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is the pain I feel reading that the same pain you feel reading my takes? Cause jesus christ I am overwhelmed with guilt if so

Colton
January 13th 2021


7321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

At least you like Pet Sounds

ArsMoriendi
January 13th 2021


32825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Shut up Colton, you compared Kate Bush to Yoko Ono and 2'd The Dreaming, that's way worse than underrating a 2011 remastering of Smile's demos

deathschool
January 13th 2021


27163 Comments


Uh oh, someone’s getting feisty.

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Colton
January 13th 2021


7321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love how you acknowledge and partially agree with the Toad comparison but the Yoko comparison crosses the line

ArsMoriendi
January 13th 2021


32825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I mean I don't agree with the Toad comparison really, but I at least see what you mean about her climaxes on Pull Out the Pin and Houdini since she does go for a purposefully ugly tone to show distress



Pull Out the Pin took a bit to grow on me (I love it now though) and Houdini is my least fave song on The Dreaming for that reason (and it's the only reason I don't have it 5'd) so uh...yeah that one at least makes sense more than the Yoko criticism, even if it's technically a harsher claim

Colton
January 13th 2021


7321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha I love it

JustJoe.
January 13th 2021


10262 Comments


i remembering that i actually listened to this

ArsMoriendi
January 13th 2021


32825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

With that said: what do you have against the other 8 songs on The Dreaming? 2 songs you find ugly doesn't really justify a 2 on a 10 track album

Colton
January 13th 2021


7321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don’t know what 2 songs you’re referring to cause I don’t remember singling out any 2 songs, but basically I found it eclectic and zany in a way that doesn’t actually facilitate any interesting ideas. The melodies are just kinda ugly and all over the place with nothing to compensate for them. Not a lot of rhythms that I found engaging, lyrics that are good but don’t stand out to me, and eccentricity for the sake of eccentricity that ultimately leads to nothing



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