Sunday, August 26 2012
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
“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
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
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
"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.
Tuesday, August 6 2013
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.
Wednesday, October 31 2012
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 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
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
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
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.
Friday, July 25 2014
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
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
Likely the first song written for The Beach Boys Today!, "She Knows Me Too Well" is surprisingly sophisticated and unique.
Monday, June 2 2014
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
"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!
Tuesday, September 25 2012
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
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
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
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
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