This album has been an acquired taste for me. During my first few listens when it was initially released, I was underwhelmed by the production, which seemed somewhat unBrian-like, especially in its emphatic use of acoustic guitars; over the years, the strength of the songs has gained the upper hand in my judgement, and I have also gradually warmed to the arrangements. The lyrics are quite uneven throughout, but I personally listen to Brian Wilson for the music first and foremost. And this album's main draw is clearly Brian's beautifully devised vocal harmonies: his voice had not sounded better since the early 1970s. Here he sings all the parts but one or two. The vocals on my favourite pieces (Your Imagination, She Says That She Needs Me, Cry, Lay Down Burden) measure up with pretty much anything the man had written previously. The weaker tracks are redeemed by brilliant individual sections: I'm thinking of South American's swirling syncopated bridge and Sunshine's hymn-like coda. This album needs some time to reveal its beauty, but the rewards are there.