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kds

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Where were you one year ago today?

I hurried from work to Target, where my fiance (now wife) had called and had them reserve a copy of the brand new Deluxe Target Exclusive Edition of Brian Wilson's No Pier Pressure.  

It's very rare that I go and buy a new album on the street date anymore.  

After dinner that night, I sat and played the CD, satisfied with the majority of it.  

A few days later, my fiance and I listened to it on the way to the beach for a long weekend, and we played it a lot through spring and summer. 

After a year, the album as a whole still sounds really good IMO. 
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For me, it has an unbelievable staying power. I'm still listening to some songs from it on an almost daily basis. Not always the same. Much like TLOS, but unlike TWGMTR, there is no NPP song I consider filler.

I don't even fully understand what's the trick about NPP, with me. It's not like I'm thinking: "Hey, it's Brian's latest opus. It's my duty to keep listening to it, even after a year." Such a reason would have evaporated in the first week after buying it.
No, it's more like: "I really want to listen to (for example) The Right Time, yet again."

Probably it's a mix of the typical Brian melodies, the vocal harmonies, the crystal clear, sparkling production (whoever thinks the production on NPP is bad or even average should unstuff their ears, imho), Al's sterling voice in a good part of the album.
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Thorgil,

It endures because it's just good music.  

I do slightly disagree about the filler.  I'd probably rank NPP over TLOS if it didn't have Runaway Dancer and Guess You Had to Be There.  

But, I still gravitate to Whatever Happened, One Kind of Love, Tell Me Why, and especially Sail Away.  
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You are right, it's just good music in the end.
About the filler: Runaway Dancer and Guess You Had to Be There are not my favourites either, but they bring a lot of energy (particularly RD) and I'd miss them if they weren't there. Guess You Had to Be There, however, seems to be the album favourite for other people. The only song in the (extended) album I could do without is Don't Worry, though I don't hate it.
As for the album highlights, I completely agree with you, though I'd add Half Moon Bay.
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(whoever thinks the production on NPP is bad or even average should unstuff their ears, imho)


You're right, Thorgil - I have a feeling those people (and the less than stellar reviews) wanted to find something to dislike about the album.
It's excellent!

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Thorgil,

I'm not sure how I forgot Half Moon Bay.  That's another one I really like.  Always helps relax me if I'm in a tense mood.  

Saturday Night, The Right Time, and Our Special Love also gets a lot of plays.  

In regards to Runaway Dancer, sure it's energetic, and I've tried to like it, especially after hearing the BW & Friends live version, but I can't get past those EDM beats.  Every time I hear it, I still cringe a little when those beats kick in after the sax.  

I see a lot of people here like GYHTBT, but I'm sorry, I just don't get it.  Of course, I'm not a fan of country/pop style vocals either.  

Don't Worry is probably the closest to filler with the Brian songs without guest stars.  But it's grown on me.  Reminds me of mid 80s Phil Collins a bit.  
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  I still listen to NPP pretty frequently even a year later.   It's holding up well as one of Brian's finest solo albums.  If I had to pick Brian's best solo album it would be a close call between NPP and Lucky Old Sun.
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Hi all,

Happy Birthday No Pier Pressure!!!  Putting fruit, shrimp, prime rib, lobster tails, three types of cakes, three apple pies, five ice cream flavors, many water bottles, a lot of soda and several bottles of champagne on the table.  Also, putting, plates, bowls, napkins, glasses, forks, knives and spoons on the table.
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Well, when can we stop by Mary?!? [wink]
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That's quite a spread for NPP's birthday.  

I hope NPP didn't have too much to drink on it's birthday and get sick.  
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Ah, champagne... reminds me of NPP's production. Only, NPP costs much less than champagne. [smile]
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NPP doesn't cost less than the champagne I tend to buy.  [smile] 

Although, technically, the stuff I buy is sparkling white wine.  Costs about $5 - $6 a bottle, and it's the same exact stuff my Baltimore Orioles used when they celebrating winning the AL East in 2014.  
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About costs: no wonder people seem to not really appreciate music any more. It's practically free. I think you can appreciate things only if you earned them someway. A price may not seem much, but when you have worked to make that money, that small price is worth some hours of yours life. Just enough to give a meaning to the product you are buying. But, no price whatsoever, no meaning whatsoever. Imho.
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Thorgil,

That's one of the reasons the music industry is such a mess.  

I'm still more than happy to spend money on the actual product.  If not for the Target bonus tracks, I probably would've even went to a record store (we still have a couple for real record stores in Baltimore) to buy NPP. 
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Hi all,

I know that people in town would like to spend money on eight glasses of beer or wine than one CD.  I would rather have the CD.  Too much alcohol is not healthy.  People love drinking.  Yet alcohol doesn't love you back.  A CD is forever.  I still have CDs that I bought in the 90's.  As well as last decade.  I would rather buy a CD I like than spend money on a lot of alcohol.  I know that at games people like having a glass of something in their hands.  Yet soda and water are just as good.  CDs you can share and enjoy.  Alcohol is only for one night.  

Be it Brian, Paul, Ed, Taylor or Katy music is fabulous and will be around long after we are gone.  Alcohol works against you after a while. Even if one has been drinking for many years.  I wold rather have the pleasure of listening to NPP or 1989 over being hung over and not able to do anything the next day. 

Enjoy your music!!!


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