7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The finest thing I've ever heard,
This review is from: Smile (Audio CD)
Smile is a truly wonderful album. It contains a mixture of the deep and meaningful with the fun and wacky, always presented through exquisite music. A fantastic variety of tracks and not a bad one amongst them. Obviously the more famous ones are Heroes and Villains and Good Vibrations but Wind Chimes is beautiful, Wonderful is haunting, In Blue Hawaii is uplifting, Cabin Essence and Surf's Up are superb. It also contains the best version of Vegatables I've come across, the incredibly harmonic Our Prayer and much more - even the wacky Mrs O'Leary's Cow is powerful stuff. Each of the three sections is very good. I think the least strong is the first one but, bearing in mind this contains Heroes and Villains and Cabin Essence, this just shows how good the other two are. A track like In Blue Hawaii would probably be the stand-out track on many albums but on Smile there are around 6 better tracks. I didn't expect to hear a better album than Pet Sounds but now I have. Thank you Brian Wilson!