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  • Summary: The Japanese experimental group's latest album features guest musicians Michio Kurihara of Ghost and Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))).
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  1. Alternative Press
    To call this "sunstroked desert hallucination mood music" sells it short. It actually transforms the atmosphere of the space in which it's played. [June 2008, p.132]
  2. Near the album’s close, the psychedelic insanity of Ka Re Ha Te Ta Sa Ki is a whirlwind of pounding drums, circular chanting, spasmodic guitar noise and violent soloing that perfectly exemplifies Smile’s fusion of panicky, heavy abrasiveness and lush, melodic and dreamy sprawls.
  3. Smile is one of the better heavy releases this year, and one of the best in the band's extensive catalog.
  4. The Wire
    A comfortable listen, occassionally diverting, but by no means a groundbreaking album. [May 2008, p.51]
  5. While the American Smile is a worthy follow-up to Rainbow and Pink, it's the Japanese version of the album that makes it a masterpiece.
  6. While Smile may be inarguably more accessible than their previous releases, it still has enough cloaked treasures to keep the diehards interested.
  7. Though excellent in brief parts, much of the album is still worrisome, at times specifically seeming to document a band running out of steam.

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