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How could it possibly live up to expectations?,
This review is from: Smile (Audio CD)
With all the hype about this album, how could it ever live up to the expectations of the music fans who have waited for 37 years for this work to be completed and released? I'm 32 and have been aware of Smile for more than 10 years. The record that was even better than Pet Sounds and Pepper. The record that drove Brian mad as he strived for absolute perfection.
Looking at this objectively (having taken time to reflect as I got this on release day...), it's very interesting musically - repeating themes and motifs are reminiscent of classical music, rather than pop and I've never heard anything like it before. But in terms of the strength of the songs, I think Pet Sounds is stronger (although instead of Sloop John B, here we have Vegetables....).
It is a wonderful work of art and a huge achievement to finally see this album released but I think there are stronger songs in Wilson's formidable canon.