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Gettin' in Over My Head AUS-Import
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|6. Desert Drive|
|7. A Friend Like You - Paul McCartney|
|8. Make A Wish|
|9. Rainbow Eyes|
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Japanese pressing of The Beach Boys singer/songwriter's third solo studio album features exclusive limited edition 'box' packaging. Rhino. 2004.
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Top Customer Reviews
The songs simply are not that good ("Soul Searchin'" and "Desert Drive" the notable exceptions) and the laborious, grinding production emphasizes the lack of musicality. This is a strange tribute album -- one without a minor key (the sense of elegiac, almost hymnal, melancholy from which Wilson crafted classic albums in the late '60s) or even old-fashioned energy. I listened to "Sweet Insanity," an earlier bootleg CD, rejected in the 1990s by his record company, and "Insanity," despite many rough edges, easily surpasses this formulaic work. Three songs covered from that bootleg seem drab in comparison here, run through the most middle-of-the-road, conventional mix. In all, the harmonies are uninspired, and sometimes in what I suppose is a "wall of sound" intention, become almost bombastic, with overdubbed vocals of the same note. (Once a singer with a voice so plaintive it could bring tears from stone, his voice now sounds like sandpaper on cement.) The duets with Elton and McCartney, probably a good idea written on a cocktail napkin, only underscore the banality of the music.
Honor Brian for his genius. As for me, I find the CD lacking of his rare artistic gift. Only by repeated listenings does a glimmer shine through. But it's a lot of work to get there.
Brian's vocals on the album are excellent as well, with natural-sounding double-tracked vocals throughout. His range is better than it's been in years (listen to him nail the falsetto at the end of "Don't Let Her Know She's An Angel"), and he sounds confident and involved.
The songs range from sweet ballads to a few really up-tempo rockers, and all are at the very least pretty good, if not excellent. Highlights for me include the title track, which sounds like a wonderful mix of Pet Sounds and Friends (the Beach Boys' underrated 1968 masterpiece); "You've Touched Me," the awesome rocker "Desert Drive," the sweet "Rainbow Eyes" and "Fairy Tale," the charmingly joyous and weird "Saturday Morning In The City," Brian and Van Dyke Parks' funny little collaboration "The Waltz," and the incredibly gorgeous "Don't Let Her Know She's An Angel."
I also quite enjoyed the collaborations. Carl Wilson's voice adds a beautiful touch to "Soul Searchin'," and the Elton & McCartney collaborations are both quite good. Eric Clapton's scorching guitar on "City Blues" seems initially out of place but grows on you, as you listen to it winding its way in and out of Brian's vocals.
The only song I'm not so hot on is "Make A Wish," which is a good song but just seems out of place. The chorus is a knockout, though.
Brian Wilson has reached back into his bag of production tricks for the first time in decades and rewards us with an album that truly shines.Read more ›
" When I Grow Up to Be a Man " blares from the factory AM radio with the small speaker built into the dash. My brother Ted, complete with slicked back black hair and a lucky strike dangling from his lips, turns to me and says, " Isn't it great,
crusin in a fast car and listenin to a great song? " I nod my approval and glance out the side window. We're cool, we're hip, and life doesn't get any better.
And so it goes for several more summers, grabbin' the radio knob and crankin up " Help Me Rhonda " " California Girls " " Sloop John B " " Wouldn't it Be Nice? " and
" Good Vibrations. "
Oh, if only we could re-live those years! And therein, my friends,lies the rub. WE CAN'T RELIVE THEM! But oh, how we long & yearn for, hope for, a brief glimpse of our youthful past. We sometimes DO get a glimpse, be it by an aroma, or a deja-vu experience, or by- yes, by music.
And so it was with great excitement and anticipation that I loaded the new Brian Wilson album into the CD player. My overall impression was one that was filled with mixed emotions. I felt GLAD that Brian had given us new music. I felt HAPPY when I listened to " Saturday Morning in the City " and almost felt a glimpse of the past with " Desert Drive. "
But overall I felt extreme sadness.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
As a Beach Boys/Brian Wilson fan this album is good to have as a completion of solo efforts for Brian; as an album to really like because of the great music, not so much. Read morePublished on July 31 2014 by dmg1350
When I first listened to this new CD, I thought "how sad." Wincing through "My Waltz" and a few of the other tracks, I imagined Wilson recorded this while... Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Denny Angelle
After 6 years of silence and a couple of years of live shows, the expectations for Brian's new album were very high. Read morePublished on July 13 2004
It's tempting to see Brian Wilson's "come back" - now complete - as a morality play. Rewind to 1966 at which time Brian, then in his early 20s and just feeling his true... Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by James London
This album has proven something to me. As an avid fan of Brian's work, I would normally say that his latest releases are not great for charting, but a good listen. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by RDR
This new Brian Wilson album opens like SMiLE with a capella harmonies then quickly harkens back to the mid 70's with Elton John's excellent vocal on the verses of "How Could We... Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by W. S. Capuano
There are some fine musical ideas scattered about this uneven album, which unfortunately does not measure up to Brian's first solo effort, let alone his best work with the Beach... Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by Scrappy Lambert
From the opening track, with Elton John's immediately engaging performance, to the witty and lilting album-closing "The Waltz,"
this album keeps me coming back again... Read more
It's hard to be objective about a new Brian Wilson release...this is the man who has influenced popular culture and the music industry more than most, and who has been through so... Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by A. G. Gladwin