by The Smile
- Record Label: XL Recordings
- Release Date: Dec 14, 2022
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Jan 20, 2023The 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.
UncutJan 20, 2023Why only eight songs are included isn't clear, but it's academic when the trio sound this energised. [Mar 2023, p.35]
Jan 20, 2023At 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.