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curt lambert

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Somewhere Quiet is such an outstanding song. Brian and Al blend like angels on this one. I am also a big fan of I'm Feeling Sad. Just a great "Brian" song. All kinds of wonderful things inside it and I love the way it ends. I don't mind the track location for the added songs in the Deluxe version at all. In fact, I don't listen to the 13 track, as I much prefer the 16 track deluxe. I play the 18 track "Target" cd a lot, too. Brian's re-do of In The Back Of My Mind is very intimate.
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It looks like the Grammy Awards have overlooked No Pier Pressure.  

I though with Brian being a legacy artist, that he might get at least one nod.  

Not that I put much stock in the Grammy Awards, as I think the voters are completely clueless (they've been known to nominate live versions of 40+ year old songs as if they're new compositions).  
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Posted on Brian's facebook page yesterday:

http://theodysseyonline.com/duquesne/year-review-top-5-pop-albums/239984

Year in Review: Top 5 Pop Albums

"Not only has he been the de facto leader and tortured genius behind The Beach Boys for close to 55 years, but he continually reinvents himself to somehow remain fresh and relevant in the youthful pop world. Featuring artists as diverse Nate Ruess of “fun.”, Kacey Musgraves and She & Him, it’s a gorgeous collection of tunes that harkens back to the lush harmonic content of his Beach Boys’ heyday; additionally, it contains somewhat ironic nods to Brian’s love of experimental and unorthodox production methods and even moments of jingle-jangly indie pop that considerably brighten the mood just the right amount between contemplative ballads."

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Thanks for sharing this, HAL...I missed it somehow on FB...glad to see NPP acknowledged.  It will gain in appreciation as time goes on.  As long as I've been around, that's become easy to spot...
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Thanks Hal, I had missed it too. Great mini review, not only because I agree with its assessment, but it's unusually well written and rather original.
Yes, Debbie, I'm sure NPP will get its due. After months, I'm still listening to it very often. Maybe I start spinning it simply to listen to one song (usually "Sail Away", but can be any of the others) and, as it often happens with Brian's work, end listening to the whole album, or as much as I have time.
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"It will gain in appreciation as time goes on."


I sure do hope so. The harmonies, compositions, arrangements, and uniqueness all combine to make one hell of a special album. A lot of people expect Brian to create Pet Sounds part II, or they want an album solely written by Brian Wilson with no help from other songwriters (I think these people intentionally ignore the fact that Brian has always sought out collaborative help on much of his work throughout his career), and because of these preconceived expectations they don't enjoy the gems that have been placed in front of them this past decade. But I really think this album will stay relevant in the coming years regardless of the naysayers.

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Maybe I start spinning it simply to listen to one song (usually "Sail Away", but can be any of the others) and, as it often happens with Brian's work, end listening to the whole album


I do the same! I always start off listening to 'I Guess You Had To Be There' and then I end up playing the whole album. Doesn't hurt that the first track is one of Brian's most beautiful solo songs.

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The negative responses to NPP really surprised as I genuinly thought it would be universally loved.
But why isn't it? The most common complaints have to do the production, the songwriting and the different styles you'll find over the album. For me, each one of those things makes it so much better for me, because each makes it so different from any previous brian related release.
The production sounds like what a 20 year old brian would have made in 2015. It's clean, dense and every note is incredibly clear. They're well crafted songs in terms of songwriting and all the basic elements are there, but the craftiness of the production makes them what they are. Brian's voice is in very good shape (just listen to This Beautiful Day) and he's able to bring out so much in the people he worked with.

I like it more than TLOS. It's a better album as a whole, and is overall a much more artful piece of work.
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Just listening to this album yesterday. It does that thing that all good music does - it brought back the memories of when I first heard it. 
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Whatever Happened is in the top tier of Brian Wilson songs. Up there with Pet Sounds tracks, All I wanna do, til I die...its a profound song. Same goes for This beautiful day but that's not so much a song as it is a snippet, akin to a segment from Smile.
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The production sounds like what a 20 year old brian would have made in 2015. It's clean, dense and every note is incredibly clear. They're well crafted songs in terms of songwriting and all the basic elements are there, but the craftiness of the production makes them what they are. Brian's voice is in very good shape (just listen to This Beautiful Day) and he's able to bring out so much in the people he worked with.


This! Listen closely to any song on this album - there is so much going on. I'm still finding new percussion bits in 'Runaway Dancer' whenever I listen to it. And other songs are like a modern layering of Wall of Sound techniques.

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Modern Wall Of Sound is about right. Instruments don't mesh together into new instruments like they did when they had 20 musicians recording onto 4-8 tracks but...why would they?
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Today, while listening the umpteenth time to NPP, I got the idea that "The Right Time", with slightly different lyrics, would be a perfect Christmas song.
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Sorry but have to say that while there are parts of NPP that I really like and 1 song, 'The Last Song" which is brilliant overall I felt that it was okay
I wish I could say more but I'd be lying. 
Of course does it really matter? When we consider what Brian has achieved in music, the joy he has brought to millions then my opinion on NPP hardly matters
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There's no accounting for personal tastes. I like musicians as diverse as Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck, the Grand Funk Railroad, John Coltrane, Wagner (who invented the Wall of Sound) and Enya. Could make as diverse a list of musicians considered great, but whom I don't like at all. Reasons? Who knows?
An example about Enya: I'm perfectly aware that one can think of most of her music as being an endless boring sequence of shapeless layered vocals and synth strings without any semblance of rhythm. Personally, though, I find most of her music magical. If I want rhythm, listen to the GFR. Am I "wrong"? What would that even mean?
Back on topic, I dislike Imagination and how it's produced rather strongly, but like NPP, and its production style, a lot. For somebody, it's exactly the reverse. Somebody, as we know, hates anything co-produced by Joe Thomas. All personal tastes.
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"There's no accounting for personal tastes." I sooooo wish more people thought that way...diversity is always good...IMO...still getting used to NPP...it DOES sound a bit slick to me but maybe that's what Brian wanted...
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