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Brian Wilson (Dlx)
Genres: Pop, Rock
Brian Wilson's solo debut finally arrived in 1988 to much fanfare and near unanimous critical hosannas. Unfortunately, its commercial impact was negligible, a disappointing outcome for both Wilson, who takes pride in his s... more »
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Brian Wilson's solo debut finally arrived in 1988 to much fanfare and near unanimous critical hosannas. Unfortunately, its commercial impact was negligible, a disappointing outcome for both Wilson, who takes pride in his string of '60s hits, and his boosters, for the 11-song self-titled record represents the zenith of the pop genius's post-Beach Boys oeuvre. "Love and Mercy" heralds Wilson's return to form; lyrically gracious and musically grand, it's an opener quite nearly on a par with "Wouldn't It Be Nice." From there, Wilson and an assortment of coproducers (Russ Titelman, Jeff Lynne, Andy Paley, and Lenny Waronker) intermix brisk, playful rockers ("Night Time," "Little Children") with sumptuous pop concoctions (the a cappella "One for the Boys," "There's So Many"), wrapping things up with an ambitious suite, "Rio Grande." The reissue is generously fleshed out with interview segments, demos, and late-'80s rarities, including the delightful B-side "He Couldn't Get His Poor Old Body to Move." --Steven Stolder
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Brians Work In the 1980's is Seriously Underrated.
Joseph M. Davis | Boston, MA USA | 08/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Take the Beach Boys self-titled 1985 album or Carribean album as it is sometimes called. That song "I'm So Lonely", in my opinion is soaked with emotion. I have read criticsm about that album and about Brian's 1988 solo debut saying that they did not age well and I say BS. Yeah there are the era synths and new digital tricks in there but man, when I hear that song it brings me straight back to that era and it makes me completely choke up. Don't get me wrong either. I am an AVID fan of Pet Sounds, Smile, Today!, Friends, etc. But those 2 albums really gave me some hope during a difficult time in my life. Knowing what Brian had gone through, and seeing him emerge to create brilliance yet again really meant something to me. The solo debut in my opinion is a masterpiece. And I encourage other fans to really listen to it. Love and Mercy is not the only great song on there by a long shot. Nighttime, Baby Let Your Hair Grow Long, Rio Grande, MELT AWAY, One For the Boys, THERE's SO MANY. This is a great album.
This album, without question, is yet another masterpiece from Brian Wilson."