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Smilin Mako

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Hey everyone,

the album is great. It's different from God Made the Radio. Its different than Lucky old sun. Just when you think you have Brian figured out, he comes out with just the coolest stuff. I ran through it once today and I will hammer away all weekend. I really love the new artists that contribute. I love track 8! a very bluegrass feel with that incredible bass line. Al sounds as good as ever. I love the track with Blondie. The Last Song will make you cry! God bless all of you on this blessed weekend! It was a good Friday for sure. 
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surfergurl

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Wow! Already!! Amazon sent me a shipping of date of April 17 for my pre-sale CD. SOOO jealous! [smile] Enjoy and Happy Easter!
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I've been listening all evening and, as I thought, this is the best Beach Boys (nevermind easily the best BW album of all time)
 record since Love You.  The only track I would even rate as slightly less than stellar is "One Kind of Love".

This is a masterpiece and finally the renaissance we've (or I have) waited for from Brian.  Other than maybe one third of 
Brian Wilson and possibly half of Imagination, everything else he has done solo is robotic, forced crap compared to
this brilliance.
 
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I love it. The word that gets it for me is 'gentle'. It has plenty of energy, I'm not suggesting otherwise, but it's as though Brian has wanted to focus, for the most part, on life enhancing things. Even The Last Song deals with sadness in a gentle, supportive way: "Hold on tight and everything will be alright".

Brian mentioned healing in one of the interviews he recently did. It's as if he has a shamanic role sometimes - he uses music in such a profound way. Sometimes it is complex and sometimes as warm and supportive as a hug.
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I love it. The word that gets it for me is 'gentle'. It has plenty of energy, I'm not suggesting otherwise, but it's as though Brian has wanted to focus, for the most part, on life enhancing things. Even The Last Song deals with sadness in a gentle, supportive way: "Hold on tight and everything will be alright".

Brian mentioned healing in one of the interviews he recently did. It's as if he has a shamanic role sometimes - he uses music in such a profound way. Sometimes it is complex and sometimes as warm and supportive as a hug.
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   I got the Deluxe Edition today and really like it.  Strong vocals and harmonies on every song.  The only reason I can think of why some critics have not been so kind to the album is maybe because most of it is too mellow for their taste.  I mean their are some uptempo numbers and even a few that have some rockin guitar solos but mostly the songs are laid back in a good type of way.  This is the Brian Wilson of the present and not the one of 1966/67.

     And I do agree with the poster who said just when you think you have Brian figured out he comes up with something pretty different.   I mean I still like Lucky Old Sun, and TWGMTR a lot but it's impossible to compare them with NPP because it's quite different.   I mean don't get me wrong Brian's touches are still all over this album but it's still kind of different for him.  And I don't mean that in a bad way.

      I'm not sure I can even name a favorite song from the album.  But I still stand by my opinion that "Guess You Had To Be There" should be a single.  That song is about as catchy as it gets.  It's Brian's best shot at possibly having a hit single off the album.   "The Last Song" is kind of a downer but as Ang said Brian still puts hope into the song.  I didn't find the song to be as sad as "Summer's Gone".
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Little Teapot

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Dear Brian, thanks soooo much for "The Last Song"!
One more time you've touched my heart and moved me to tears. With your music my life never could be empty.
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Other than Smile (which was written in the 60's), NPP is BY FAR the best solo album of Brian's career. Such a fully-conceived album. The work of a true master!
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Jeremy L

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gwfrenay,

        I definitely wouldn't argue with anyone who feels that NPP is Brian's best solo album.  To me it's a close call between this and The Lucky Old Sun.  I also like BW Presents Smile a lot but that was basically Brian revisiting material he had composed decades earlier.

         Also I don't think we'll ever know for sure but I kind of think I could pick out most of the songs that would've been used for the Beach Boys follow up album had it come to be.  But the interesting thing is on just about every track featuring Brian and Al it still sounds like The Beach Boys even with Mike and Bruce missing.

          While I would find Brian's recently talked about Chuck Berry covers album to be interesting I don't know if that's the best direction to go in after putting out something this stunning.  But I am a die hard fan and would be interested even in a Chuck Berry album although I think most fans want to hear more original material from Brian and not a third covers album.   Although I personally enjoyed the Gershwin and Disney albums.   But a Chuck Berry album would probably be the closest thing we'd hear to Brian's long talked about rock n roll album.
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Cantina Margarita

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My first listen to No Pier Pressure on deezer…

sitting here, thanks God, all alone, crying and sobbing, biting one fingernail after another …

This is much more than I expected. Time for high hopes again, and time for booking UK flights, too.

Where the heck does the guy take that voice from ? Does he never get tired ?

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