The Smile (Live at Montreux Jazz Festival, July 2022) Image
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  • Summary: The live seven-track release from British rock trio The Smile was recorded at Switzerland's Montreaux Jazz Festival in July 2022.
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  1. Jan 20, 2023
    80
    At 35 minutes, it’s more a sampler than a full set—essentially a bonus feature for one of the year’s finest rock albums. You already know that these three musicians have forged a thrilling chemistry amidst the chaos of the pandemic. That this live album exists indicates that they know it, too.
  2. Jan 20, 2023
    80
    This is no mere studio project. The Smile are an actual, organic live band.
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    Jan 20, 2023
    70
    Why only eight songs are included isn't clear, but it's academic when the trio sound this energised. [Mar 2023, p.35]
  4. Jan 20, 2023
    70
    The best live albums are ones that clearly distinguish themselves from their studio counterparts (Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York, for example), and this isn't that. But as a way to cap off 2022 while refocusing attention on their live show, Live at Montreaux adds to (rather than detracts from) the impression that the Smile are successfully carrying the torch for Radiohead during this period of uncertainty.