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ONE WAY Recommends [Issue #12]
Brian Wilson
By Lynne Bronstein

Smile (CD Nonesuch)

When I was a child in the 60s, I dreamed that the Beach Boys wrote a surf musical. Actually, I thought of writing Brian Wilson about it. Instead, as if through telepathy, Brian wrote Smile. This wasn’t a surf musical with lyrics by Cousin Mike but one about American history which was so far out that it scared even Brian’s instincts; so he didn’t release it. Now we finally have it and revamped. Songs familiar from their inclusion on previous Beach Boys outings: “Heroes and Villains,” “Surf’s Up,” and “Good Vibrations” are strung like jewels along a chain of sound effects and snatches of folk rhymes. There are heroes and pirates, and dancing girls in cantinas, rich homes, veggie-eating Californians, and the duel between spirituality and the senses. It’s a treasure trove of harmony and it doesn’t rock as much as it bounces and lilts and soothes. Would Smile have changed the landscape of rock and challenged the Beatles’ position as creators of the concept album had it been released in 1967? It probably would have received a mixed reception as too advanced for its time. Smile now seems easier to understand and a bit anti-climactic. But it’s such beautiful music (and it finally offers the version of “Good Vibrations” that confirms those suspicions about the song’s real meaning) that it seems essential for everyone to own it.


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