Sunflower

The Beach Boys

Sunflower

Though the Beach Boys are best-known for their classic summer-fun hits, the band's resident genius, Brian Wilson, sculpted several underrated albums of complex, inspired orchestrated pop. 1970's Sunflower represents a true group effort, with each member pitching in. Harmonies flourish, co-writings are strong, and Dennis Wilson and Bruce Johnston emerge with some of the album's most touching moments. Bruce Johnston's "Deirdre" evokes memories of the old days, while updating the sound and groove with a smart yet elaborate arrangement. His "Tears In the Morning" takes the Beach Boys' classic sound and gives it an early-70s feel. "At My Window" retains a psychedelic flavour. Dennis' "Got To Know The Woman" provides an upbeat, vintage rock 'n' roll sound, while "Forever" ranks among the group's finest ballads. Brian and Mike Love join forces for the vocal weave of "All I Wanna Do," while Carl Wilson and Brian are in fine spirits for "This Whole World." The U.K. press and fans have always recognised the band's achievements, while, ironically, their U.S. counterparts were slower to discover the brilliance in their own backyard.

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