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swervy

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http://www.contactmusic.com/brian-wilson/music/brian-wilson-no-pier-pressure

Here is the first review I have found on the album.

It provides some interesting info on some of the upcoming songs.

I'm very excited by all the clips I have heard so far...can't wait.
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Interesting review to be sure.

Interesting that this review thinks the exclusion of Lana Del Ray is a mistake that lessens the impact of "Last Song."  I think the exact opposite.  I think Brian's vocals will make that song have a much greater impact.  
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I hope that there is a version with LDR somewhere.  She would be perfect on this. 
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"The Last Song" was announced as a single by Lana, then disappeared. I hope her take is released in a record of her own. Lana is a real artist who has been treated very badly, here and in that other forum.
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   Interesting review.  And keep in mind the reviewer only reviewed the 13 track standard album.  Maybe the three extra tracks for the Deluxe Edition might even make it better.  Also I get the impression that while the reviewer likes Brian, he is not a die hard fan like most of us.

    Credit to Brian for going out of his comfort zone but even from the short clip Runaway Dancer sounds like it might be the odd track on the album.  Brian and a song with techno beats don't really seem to go.  But who knows we've only heard a brief sample.

     Based on what the reviewer said "On the Island" might sound like Brian guesting on a She and Him recording.  Not that it's necessarily a bad thing at least for me.  I happen to like She and Him.

      I'm personally glad that Brian will be heard on "The Last Song" since it's supposed to be a very personal song for him.   Supposedly Lana Del Ray did record a vocal but Brian felt they needed to do more work together and scheduling issues prevented that from happening.  Maybe Lana can work with Brian more on the song at a later date and a version of her own could pop up on one of her albums.

       Based on the samples I have a feeling I'll at least end up thinking that No Pier Pressure is a good album.  And at best I might think it's a near excellent one.  At almost 73, Brian really has nothing left to prove and could obviously retire tomorrow if he chose to.   The fact that he's still giving us new music is great.  I'm greatly anticipating the release of No Pier Pressure as well as getting to see Brian live again in May.
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The guest artist on Runaway Dancer (his name escapes me) had that hit with "Safe and Sound" a couple summers ago.  I really liked the vocal harmony on that song, but the techno type beat kinda hindered it for me.  I'm thinking this song will be similar.  
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http://www.letoilemagazine.com/2015/02/25/we-will-rock-you-hooray-another-late-career-brian-wilson-triumph/

A new, SUPER positive review of NPP!
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What an odd review???  The guy is obviously a fan...and he knows him some Brian stuff.  Yet his premise that 'we' all expect Brian to fail comes from where?  I have never-ever sat around waiting for or anticipating a failure from BDW.  Never.  I always wanted Brian to succeed and to wow the bageesus out of me.  Usually he has.

He then assures us that Brian has yet to fail but goes back and slams Imagination and Gettin In Over My Noggin'...or at least parts contained there-in.  And he does it in two separate sections of a review which is pretty much glowing.

I read a different review at Smiley Smile...is it the one first used in this thread?...where I know that the guy knows a little bit about Brian but not nearly enough to make accurate comments about stuff he's only vaguely or 'kinda' aquainted with.  And when I questioned his knowledge I was told that the only reason I was questioning the guys know-how and cred was because he didn't give the album a glowing review.

He pretended to know Brian/The Beach Boys/The body of work ... but clearly doesn't.  This guy here pretends NOT to know it but he clearly does.  Beer drinkers should not be encouraged to write about wine.  Our boy this time is not a beer drinker.  He's into fine wine.  And NPP is clearly one of the best bottles of wine you'll ever uncork...on an ocean.

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I "don't need no stinkin' badges"...or reviews.  I know what's good.  I can figure it out ALL by myself.  'No Pier Pressure' UNLIKE TWGMTR incorporates no peer pressure.  It's an even better album and will be considered a classic...one of Brian's best efforts with or without the boys over these past 53 years.  I wrote somewhere on this board maybe 3 months ago that Brian should use other lead voices...that he never wrote songs exclusively for himself.  That it was too much to expect him to handle all of the leads...live or on record/cd/file.  This album will reinforce THAT fact.

And NO...Brian didn't write Sloop John B.
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Jon Hunt isn't just a fan... he used to co-run the late and much lamented Smile Shop MB. He knows his stuff.
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They spelt that 'No Pier Pressure' with an 'i' and perhaps for a reason. Perhaps Brian is just trying to do what HE wants and these reviews give me some reason to hope that he has succeeded.
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Ty Swervy for linking the excellent Jon Hunt review. In fact, what Brian is doing in these years is impressive.
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They spelt that 'No Pier Pressure' with an 'i' and perhaps for a reason.

Just like they spelled Smile with a lower case 'i' on the front cover ?


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... or the reason could be as described in a '1967 Rolling Stone review' ...

"To analyze the music alone, however, is to analyze only half an album, because Parks is a full partner in this audacious enterprise. His lyrics are remarkable. By and large, they do not have traditional first-person speakers, identifiable individual viewpoints, or linear narrative content. Instead, they work like "machines made out of words" (to borrow a phrase from William Carlos Williams): image is juxtaposed with image, phrase placed next to phrase, and, as if by alchemical reaction, meaning emerges. Allusions to other songs, multiple-layer puns, endlessly inventive wordplay – it's almost as if the lyrics have written themselves, autonomously generated by the language.

Perhaps the lower-case "i" in the otherwise capitalized album title is a clue to Parks' method.

To be sure, these are not, in Dylan's phrase, "finger-pointing songs"; they bespeak the distance of written history rather than the immediacy of social commentary. But while the lyrics do not judge or indict, they are not vapid or superficial. If they seem, at times, to veer close to nonsense psychedelia – if they occasionally give the impression of indulging in cleverness for cleverness's sake alone – they are still, when they work (and that is most of the time) among the best rock has produced."

http://earcandy_mag.tripod.com/rs-smile.htm

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