12 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Beach Boys' harmonies and Brian Wilson's melodic sense are together again on record for the first time in 16 years. The band are no longer 'boys' by any definition, but they sound refreshingly high-spirited, with those sweet falsetto notes still capable of breaking even a cynic's heart. "Think About The Days" introduces the collection with a wordless vocal ensemble and a delicate piano. The album plays into the band's unique strengths, with sounds only modernized in the sense that they are recorded as well as 2012 allows. The title track, a catchy pop song with an intense vocal weave, retains its roots in the golden age of 1960s pop. "The Private Life of Bill and Sue" skewers reality-shows, but it's the gorgeous harmonies that guide the tune to the light. "Shelter" defies gravity and time. "Strange World" and "Pacific Coast Highway" express Brian Wilson's alienation with the world around him in the most beauteous of ways. The album is a major event for fans: A satisfyingly complete selection of tunes done as only the Beach Boys can.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The Beach Boys' harmonies and Brian Wilson's melodic sense are together again on record for the first time in 16 years. The band are no longer 'boys' by any definition, but they sound refreshingly high-spirited, with those sweet falsetto notes still capable of breaking even a cynic's heart. "Think About The Days" introduces the collection with a wordless vocal ensemble and a delicate piano. The album plays into the band's unique strengths, with sounds only modernized in the sense that they are recorded as well as 2012 allows. The title track, a catchy pop song with an intense vocal weave, retains its roots in the golden age of 1960s pop. "The Private Life of Bill and Sue" skewers reality-shows, but it's the gorgeous harmonies that guide the tune to the light. "Shelter" defies gravity and time. "Strange World" and "Pacific Coast Highway" express Brian Wilson's alienation with the world around him in the most beauteous of ways. The album is a major event for fans: A satisfyingly complete selection of tunes done as only the Beach Boys can.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

40runner ,

Beach Boys That's Why God Made The Radio

The Beach Boys are timeless. They are just as amazing as they were 50 years ago.

Fjord Prefect ,

Want to Know The Secret About This Album?

A good album, and definitely better than anything they've put out in years. But here's the secret: tucked away at the very end is a three-song suite that plays like something straight from Pet Sounds. This isn't just a rehash of their fun but typical 60s surfer-pop. No, these three tunes -- There to Back Again, Pacific Coast Highway and Summer's Gone -- when taken together form a cohesive and worthy addition to the entire canon of pop-rock music. I'll bet Mike Love hated them.

Oh, Hell No! ,

Stunning

I can’t believe that they sound this great after all these years! The harmonies are still as crisp as they were half a century ago—as much as I love the Stones, can we say the same about them today? Brian’s lyrics are as thoughtful as ever; hard to believe that he is a “Senior Citizen”! The last 3 songs make a great mini rock opera. Listen to this album; buy it; enjoy it. You won’t be disappointed; quite the contrary.

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