The Smile Sessions

While we can all agree that “Good Vibrations” is the best song of the previous millennium, it’s only in “Smile” — embedded in the third movement of a tremendous psychoacoustic laser strike — that it unfolds from a pocket symphony into a pocket universe. Prefaced by a brain-cleansing prayer (rolling up the preceding 45 minutes of urgent, ambling rock), and followed by a warm, perfect farewell, “Good Vibrations” becomes the completest expression of a living world as it was enjoyed, once, briefly, by a few boys: a world now gone, a world not soon forgotten.

Pitchfork’s great review of “The Smile Sessions”. Or just get it on iTunes.