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Brian Wilson: Smile

Sean O'Hagan, Observer, The, 19 September 2004

The piano in the sand pit, the orchestra decked out in fireman's helmets, the kilos of grade A hashish, the master tapes that were destroyed, or locked in a vault, the breakdown and the years of silence and self-enforced seclusion. Was there ever an album so surrounded by myth, so weighed down by anecdote and legend, so inflated by its own absence, as Smile?

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