The Smile (5)A Light For Attracting Attention

Label:XL Recordings – XL1196LPE
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Yellow
Country:USA & Canada
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Alternative Rock, Indie Rock


A1The Same
Synthesizer, Programmed By, PianoJonny Greenwood, Thom Yorke
VocalsThom Yorke
A2The Opposite
Drums, PercussionTom Skinner
Guitar, BassJonny Greenwood
Vocals, SynthesizerThom Yorke
A3You Will Never Work In Television Again
Bass, GuitarJonny Greenwood
DrumsTom Skinner
TromboneNathaniel Cross
Vocals, GuitarThom Yorke
B5The Smoke
ClarinetRobert Stillman
Double BassTom Herbert
DrumsTom Skinner
GuitarJonny Greenwood
SaxophoneJason Yarde
TromboneNathaniel Cross
TrumpetByron Wallen
TubaTheon Cross
Vocals, BassThom Yorke
B6Speech Bubbles4:16
C7Thin Thing
DrumsTom Skinner
GuitarJonny Greenwood
Vocals, Vocoder, BassThom Yorke
C8Open The Floodgates
GuitarJonny Greenwood
TromboneNathaniel Cross
Vocals, Piano, SequencerThom Yorke
C9Free In The Knowledge4:12
D10A Hairdryer5:17
D11Waving A White Flag
Double BassDave Brown (37)
DrumsTom Skinner
Synthesizer [Sequence Synthesizer], Acoustic GuitarJonny Greenwood
Vocals, Synthesizer [Additional Synthesizer]Thom Yorke
D12We Don't Know What Tomorrow Brings
DrumsTom Skinner
Vocals, Guitar, SynthesizerThom Yorke
D13Skrting On The Surface5:31

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Packaged in a gatefold cover with a matte finish and spot-gloss text.
Includes matte finish printed inner sleeves.
Tracks are numbered sequentially across sides in the inner gatefold.

Front sticker:
Debut album from new group The Smile
Comprising Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, and Sons Of Kemet's Tom Skinner
Limited edition yellow vinyl

Rear sticker: Made in Czech Republic

Recorded at Wack Formula London
Mastered [...] at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine
Strings [...] recorded at Air Edel Studio

Woodblock lettering from a collection held by The Bodleian Library, Oxford
Digital fonts by Andrew Leman at

℗2022 Self Help Tapes LLP under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd.
©2022 Self Help Tapes LLP under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd.
Published by Warner Chappell Music, Kobalt Music and Copyright Control.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Stickered): 191404119600
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): BL61686-01_A1 THE WIZARD 1199023 XL1196LP-A1 241607E1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): BL61686-01_B1 XL1196LP-B1 1243001 241607E2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C): BL61686-02_C1 1240079 241607E3 XL1196LP-C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D): BL61686-02_D1 1199029 241607E4 XL1196LP-D1

Other Versions (5 of 9)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
A Light For Attracting Attention (13×File, FLAC, Album, 24bit-44.1kHz)XL RecordingsXL1196DA2022
New Submission
A Light For Attracting Attention (13×File, MP3, Album, 320 kbps)XL RecordingsXL1196DA2022
A Light For Attracting Attention (2×LP, Album)XL RecordingsXL1196LPWorldwide2022
A Light For Attracting Attention (CD, Album, Stereo)XL RecordingsXL1196CD2022
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A Light For Attracting Attention (CD, Album, UHQCD)XL Recordings, Beat RecordsXL1196CDJPJapan2022
  • obviousbicycle's avatar
    Picked up a copy from a local record shop recently and was pleasantly surprised by the quality. Pristine condition and sounds perfect. One of my favorite records of the year!
    • eliegjoly's avatar
      Really good pressing for me, I was worried by the reviews but it sounds good even without cleaning it
      • iamsynecdoche's avatar
        I picked up the LE yellow version on the weekend and was a bit nervous after reading some of the reviews here, but I am pleased to report that my copy sounds wonderful. Very clear with no noise that I could detect.
        • Cyb3rshark's avatar
          There are lots of comments here. For what it’s worth, my C side is a little crackly but the rest is very good.
          • GalaxyExplorer's avatar
            Edited 29 days ago
            Grabbed this pressing from my local library. I think I'm the first person to borrow it. I gave it a whirl in the Spin Clean and there is very little noise. Just a tiny bit on maybe two of the lead-in grooves, and none detectable during the music. Otherwise a good pressing.
            • dblack521's avatar
              A pretty awful pressing, and sadly this is par for the course for XL as of the last few years. Still a lot of surface noise even after a wet wash. Was able to rip a lossless copy from CD so thankfully I can still enjoy it as it is a beautiful album. Starting to really make me question whether to switch formats on any Radiohead or related side project purchases.
              • FabricaRecs's avatar
                Question for those who own this edition? Does it include a download code or do you have to purchase digital separately? Thanks!
                • drnjms's avatar
                  Vinyl is dead quiet, amazing sound, bass really comes through, sounds WAAY different than on streaming services, so glad I purchased the limited yellow vinyl.
                  • MTLMUSIC86's avatar
                    Pressing is fantastic, for the ones complaining about surface noise….clean your vinyl before playing ;)
                    • rc2257's avatar
                      My copy is noisy in parts, quiet in others. Disappointed. Maybe I'll try a black vinyl copy.



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