The Smile (5)A Light For Attracting Attention

Label:XL Recordings – XL1196LPE
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Yellow
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
B2The Smoke
ClarinetRobert Stillman
Double BassTom Herbert
DrumsTom Skinner
GuitarJonny Greenwood
SaxophoneJason Yarde
TromboneNathaniel Cross
TrumpetByron Wallen
TubaTheon Cross
Vocals, BassThom Yorke
B3Speech Bubbles
C1Thin Thing
DrumsTom Skinner
GuitarJonny Greenwood
Vocals, Vocoder, BassThom Yorke
C2Open The Floodgates
GuitarJonny Greenwood
TromboneNathaniel Cross
Vocals, Piano, SequencerThom Yorke
C3Free In The Knowledge
D1A Hairdryer
D2Waving A White Flag
Double BassDave Brown (37)
DrumsTom Skinner
Synthesizer [Sequence Synthesizer], Acoustic GuitarJonny Greenwood
Vocals, Synthesizer [Additional Synthesizer]Thom Yorke
D3We Don't Know What Tomorrow Brings
DrumsTom Skinner
Vocals, Guitar, SynthesizerThom Yorke
D4Skrting On The Surface

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Optimal pressing.

Copies purchased direct from XL Recordings online store came with a “THE SMILE” postcard.
Packaged in a gatefold cover with a satin feel coating finish and spot-gloss text to the front.
Includes matte finish printed inner sleeves.
Undersized picture labels.
Yellow hype sticker and barcode sticker are both applied to the shrink-wrap.

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

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 XL1196LP-A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): BL61686-01 B1 XL1196LP-B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C): BL61686-02 C1 XL1196LP-C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D): BL61686-02 D1 XL1196LP-D1

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
A Light For Attracting Attention (13×File, FLAC, Album, 24bit / 44.1kHz)XL RecordingsXL1196DA2022
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A Light For Attracting Attention (13×File, MP3, Album, 320 kbps)XL RecordingsXL1196DAWorldwide2022
A Light For Attracting Attention (2×LP, Album)XL RecordingsXL1196LPWorldwide2022
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A Light For Attracting Attention (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Yellow)XL RecordingsXL1196LPEUSA & Canada2022
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A Light For Attracting Attention (CD, Album, Stereo)XL RecordingsXL1196CD2022



  • Blueceoil's avatar
    I hate it when you have to get lucky with a record ..... but thankfully I did on this occasion. Great music on a great sounding album.
    • Mclonnen's avatar
      Must add my voice to offset some of these negative reviews - I ordered my copy direct from the band store and this has to be be one of the most stunning sounding records I own. Only required a brushing with my anti static brush and sounds great straight out of the card sleeves. Flat, quiet vinyl sound dynamic with a massive sound stage. I can only think that some of the reviews must relate to the GZ pressing, would be worth checking the matrices to make sure you have the optimal pressing. That said I have had some GZ pressings that also sound great.
      • gatefold's avatar
        Too bad this seems to be hit and miss. I'm one of the lucky ones, my copy is super quiet throughout and sounds stunning, big soundstage, great instrument separation, lots of depth and warmth. I have an Optimal pressing, same runouts and no Czech Republic sticker. But it seems that GZ pressings clearly aren't US only (as indicated in the other Discogs entry) and also made their way into the European marked, so that may be a reason for the mixed reviews.

        Another reason could be the paper inners that can lead to varying degrees of surface noise, depending on how much the discs got shaken around inside. Also happened to me in other cases. I don't understand why this practice still is so popular with labels. Pack the discs in poly-lined sleeves and the inner sleeves separately - or even better, why not do more custom printed poly-lined sleeves?
        • Citizen_6's avatar
          Kinda expected better. Like others a very noisy copy lots of static cracks and pops. Mine has a clear sticker saying Made in Czech Republic, don’t know if that means it is from an inferior pressing plant. Such a shame as it’s a great album.

          Music 5
          Sleeve 5
          Plastic disc 3
          • SteveGlew's avatar
            My copy is amazing - sounds superb with no issues at all. The yellow vinyl looks great, and the album artwork and inner sleeves are really well made.

            Love the music - really glad to have this in my collection!
            • MrShocktime's avatar
              My main complaint with this pressing (Optimal) is that there is unbearable inner groove distortion at the end of all four sides. Otherwise I think it sounds fine. Definitely surface noise on all four sides as well, nothing particularly distracting.
              • MrDayInTheUk's avatar
                Great album but one of the worst pressings I’ve got in my collection. Pops, crackles galore, clicks. I’m not convinced with the mastering either. Shame. I’m not going near the CD because I’m sure the audio has been annihilated, like the
                Radiohead albums.
                It’s frustrating that artists like this clearly take so much care and attention in creating their wonderful music, but then hand it on to a bunch of people who appear to have no experience of cutting and mastering audio.

                5 stars for the music
                2 stars for the vinyl. The sleeve is quality, otherwise it would be a 1.

                I really don’t recommend this.
                • Matt7am's avatar
                  Wow I believe a lot of the people commenting here must own a GZ copy, because mine and all 3 of my friends who purchased directly from the band store (Optimal copy) got impeccable and flawless records. Sounds rich, layered, with deep bass and completely silent from start to finish.
                  • edgeless22's avatar
                    The pressing is just great!! Deep and quiet. That's all!
                    • Avocadojr's avatar
                      Not a great pressing. A lot of noise during the (many) soft parts of each song.


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