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Sunday, August 26 2012

The Once and Future King: 'SMiLE' and Brian Wilson’s Very American Dream

Almost half a century later, The SMiLE Sessions fully vindicate Brian Wilson's obsessive efforts: the material is complex but accessible, intense but assured, the fully realized vision of a unique talent.


Sunday, July 8 2012

The Beach Boys Are Still Looking at an Impossible Future

“When I Grow Up to Be a Man” is about envisioning the past. It was written by a 23-year-old who imagined a 13-year-old imagining what it was like to be 23. This is still the position the septuagenarian Beach Boys are in today -- looking back at their younger selves looking forward to a future that is not the present, an impossible future.


Tuesday, June 10 2008

The Dawn That Grows Into Day: High Noons, Twilights, the Beach Boys, and Dennis Wilson

A pair of new Beach Boys releases -- a 16-disc box set of singles and the reissue of Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue -- examines the group's resonance beyond the lauded Pet Sounds era.


Thursday, November 1 2007

Sea of Heartbreak: Dennis Wilson's Majestic Solo Work

Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue, released 30 years ago, is majestic and haunting, a work as rich and complex as almost anything the Beach Boys released. So why is it out of print?


Tuesday, July 17 2007

Part 3: Curtis Mayfield to The English Beat (1970-1980)

"Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine, go down .." Julie Andrews sang in Mary Poppins. Indeed, a bitter dose of angry words in need of saying, and set to a beat, quite effectively gets heard.


Columns

Tuesday, August 6 2013

The End of the Beach Boys' Summer

Then and now, the ethical questions that arise here involve the choice to turn this troubled phase of Brian Wilson's life and career into entertainment.


Reviews

Wednesday, October 31 2012

The Beach Boys: 50 Big Ones

There's a lot of incredible songs on 50 Big Ones, songs that every music fan owes it to themself to hear, just not via this album.


Monday, June 4 2012

The Beach Boys: That's Why God Made the Radio

The surviving 1960s-era Beach Boys reunite for their 50th anniversary. When they compare this album to Sunflower, how far off are they?


Thursday, December 15 2011

The Beach Boys: The SMiLE Sessions

For countless oft-told reasons -- creative, chemical, contractual and personal -- the album was shelved and officially unavailable. Newly available in 2011 as The SMiLE Sessions, this release is like a coda that took 44 years to arrive.


Sunday, November 27 2011

The Beach Boys: The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album

This reissue of the Beach Boys’ legendary 1964 Christmas album gives the songs a remastered touch and allows listeners to hear the songs in pristine sound.


Tuesday, August 11 2009

The Beach Boys: Summer Love Songs

Don't break out the flip-flops quite yet: This fine and servicable Beach Boys compilation hits only a couple of highlights (along with some excellent album cuts), but isn't much in terms of a cohesive listening experience.


Blogs

Friday, July 25 2014

Counterbalance: The Beach Boys' 'SMiLE'

I know that you’ll feel better when you send us in your letter and tell us the name of your favorite vegetable. In the meantime, this week’s Counterbalance looks at a 1967 classic, lost and found.


Monday, June 16 2014

When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - "In the Back of My Mind"

For the last proper song on The Beach Boys Today, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys craft their most inventive and sublime track to date, "In the Back of My Mind".


Monday, June 9 2014

When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - "She Knows Me Too Well"

Likely the first song written for The Beach Boys Today!, "She Knows Me Too Well" is surprisingly sophisticated and unique.


Monday, June 2 2014

When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - "Kiss Me, Baby"

Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys continue side two of The Beach Boys Today! with a delicate and elegant ballad about coming to terms with lost love.


Tuesday, May 27 2014

When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - "I'm So Young"

"I'm So Young" may not be a Brian Wilson original, but this elegant cover version is one of the high points of The Beach Boys Today!


News

Tuesday, September 25 2012

Mike Love’s touring plans raise questions about group’s future

LOS ANGELES — Even on a day designed to celebrate 50 years of the signature harmonies of the Beach Boys, the notoriously fractious group couldn’t avoid


Thursday, May 24 2012

The Beach Boys at 50: Reaching their fans through QVC

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — And on the 46th anniversary of the release of “Pet Sounds,” the Beach Boys played QVC. The reunited Beach Boys, that is,


Monday, April 30 2012

The Beach Boys kick off 50th anniversary tour in Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. — Let’s not make too much of the fact that the Beach Boys kicked off their 50th anniversary tour on casino grounds, nowhere


Wednesday, February 29 2012

Beach Boys ready for harmonic convergence on tour, album

LOS ANGELES — The sands of time can be cruel, sure, but sometimes they settle for wryly ironic. After years apart, the three surviving founding members


Friday, November 4 2011

Brian Wilson’s lost ‘Smile’ album finally unearthed, with all the trimmings

CHICAGO — The Beach Boys’ “Smile” is the album that haunted Brian Wilson for four decades. The unfinished Beach Boys work devastated Wilson even though it


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