Where would you rank The Smile album within all the Radiohead albums?

  1. First time hearing about this. Is this considered a side band so they can try out some different songs without the pressure?

  2. Yes. I rank it as one of my five best albums of the last five years. I wouldn’t compare it directly to Radiohead in a ranking. It’s like asking me to compare Siamese dream and the bends. I’m not ranking that shit.

  3. Near the bottom, doesn’t hold candles to most of Radiohead’s discography. Then again, I’ll have to listen more, but currently it’s above only King Of Limbs and Pablo Honey, but worse than everything else for me

  4. Do you just put TKOL at the bottom next to Pablo Honey because you feel obligated or is that your actual opinion? TKOL fucking slaps

  5. I really like it, to me it feels like what would’ve come after AMSP had it come from Radiohead. Idk if that’s because of Thom and johnny but it still sounds like a Radiohead album to me.

  6. It was good, relatively interesting, but I think it’s worse than every radiohead album and Thom yorke solo album except for king of limbs.

  7. It's hard to rank anything, but I certainly enjoy it more than Pablo Honey and AMSP. The rest of the Radiohead catalogue has outranked it. But we'll see... I didn't adore TKOL til I found myself in the right context to indulge it, and since it clicked, it's been one of my favorites.

  8. I really like The Smile’s album. Most of the songs are top notch and would put it over The Bends and under In Rainbows.

  9. Honestly pretty high. I guess several Radiohead albums could be considered ‘classics’ whose high regard align with my own preference. Id rank ALFAA and other less-classic albums just below those, and not significantly.

  10. Why did they make the album name so long and annoying lol it’s easier to refer to it as the smile (as long as they don’t release a second album)

  11. Actually, I think I also like You, Creep and Blow Out more than any ALFAA tracks, so... idk man, Radiohead kicks ass

  12. Above all but OK Computer, In Rainbows, and Kid A. And by that I mean that I would have it at number 4 even if I could never hear any of the others again.

  13. Above Pablo Honey, Amnesiac (potentially), Hail to the Thief and The King of Limbs. Amnesiac does have some great songs like Pyramid Song and Life in a Glasshouse, though the Smile album is perhaps more consistent, and I admire Free in the Knowledge in particular

  14. that's like saying where would you rank the atoms for peace album or thom's solo albums within the radiohead albums it doesn't make sense

  15. Why does that not make sense? You could easily do the alternatives you suggested. I'm not a fan of ranking things personally but the op made perfect sense.

  16. A little too much Thom Yorke electronics for not being his solo thing. Idk, it’s probably right under Hail To The Thief, maybe next to King of Limbs?

  17. Tight with the HTTT and Amnesiac at number 5. Kid A, IR and AMSP are bigger and more breathtaking and so is OKC

  18. It think it is really good, not one bad song, but Radiohead's highs are VERY high, and the highs on alfaa don't go so far, but they don't go that low either

  19. I love it. It’s steadily grown on me over time…like most of my experiences with Radiohead. I think it gets easy to dismiss prolific artists against their prior work. The Smile seems more than an interest in changing the formula. Many of the songs are so solid, they both sound like prior Radiohead work and like nothing else. It’s a very disarming effect that reminds me that I can still fall in love with songs. I feel like music in general has been very derivative for the past 10 years, but artists like Radiohead/The Smile can still push the bubble forward in chamber of their own making.

  20. It's tough to say, but I've listened to the album more than a dozen times. I'm in love. As a complete album, it doesn't rank super high. But that's is mostly because the first 3 songs don't match the level of the rest of the album.

  21. Better than The King of Limbs and Pablo Honey, but that's it. I still put it on all the time, and much more than I would have thought after first listen. But there are a few songs on it that are really not good, and it has to be one of the least cohesive albums I have ever heard. Even some tracks like Skrting on the Surface that others seem to love really aren't good imo. That one is like Tom said "We can just redo Reckoner if we do a weird time signature, right?"

  22. Seems like most are pretty low on ALFAA but I'm pretty high on it and a lot of the songs sound like they could be on a RH album in my opinion. I think it's better than Pablo Honey and TKOL quite easily.

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