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Keri

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I have just recently bought the DVD of this from Amazon as I waited for it to be released in New Zealand and it never was.

This album strikes me as being a very Brian Wilson in the present album, that represents his work with his band the best. His most ambitious solo album. He wrote it with Scott Bennett arranged with Paul Von Mertens and the material was relatively newly written.

It's also like SMiLE and Pet Sounds in being pretty lyrically and musically cohesive, a themed album. 

I liked this album from day one but I'm still exploring it, it lacks the humour of GIOMH & BW88 and for all its autobiography i don't find it as personal an album as these two. But the song writing and arrangements are really good, VDPs narrations build up a nice tapestry. I think this album is really solid, I'd love to see Brian create another album as cohesive and focused as this.




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Hi Keri:

I really like TLOS, too, though it took me a while to warm up to the spoken interludes. I agree with you that this is a mature and beautifully executed album. I would love to see Brian plunge into another project of such depth.

What I would especially love would be a project of this caliber done with the Beach Boys. Oh, wouldn't it be nice?

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Well for me , the spoken interludes between pieces is what makes this so special an album. They tend to tie each song together and so make the entire album a whole complete work rather than a collection of songs.
 I do agree , similar type of thing done with the Beach Boys would be great - a pseudo Smile album in it's entirety.
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TLOS is, to me, without a doubt Brian's best work as a solo artist. There is nothing I don't like about it. One of the top moments of my "concert going career" was seeing TLOS performed live. Blew me away. Knocked my socks off. More so than Pet Sounds or SMiLE. Both of those were stunning in their own right but something about TLOS just gets to me. I think it rates right up there with anything that is considered Brian's best work.
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its avery polished album . . which is fine if you like polished, i prefer the days when brian used to play around with ideas on percussion an instrumentation and of course vocals.

I don't like the narration, esp for vdp, they're cliched and to me aren't 'Brian'.

There are some nicely written tunes on there, but lots of artists write nicely written tunes. Over the years i've come to expect more from brian. TLOS is good but it's about 10% compared to a track like Wonderful or Surf's Up.

all of course IMHO . . :-)

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I'm beginning to think I'm the only one here that doesn't
like this album.
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Personally speaking TLOS is 10x more listenable than the new "Beach Boys" CD. And yes, I feel the need to put the band name in quotes, in regards to the current product. I didn't buy Disney. I shouldn't have bought TWGMTR.
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TB - Maybe you should give TWGMTR a couple more chances. I think most of it is pretty good (and you know how I feel about the whole "reunion" lark!).
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unfortunatelt they were devised to please the masses, what seems to happen is that inspiration and innovation gets diluted.
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Hi t bedford: Maybe you need to explore TWGMTR a bit more. As Keri indicated, all of Brian's work requires careful listening.
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I love the lyrics on TLOS
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john potter

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I've had it in the car, it's a very 'singalong' album with plenty of hooks and catchy melodies, nobody is denying that, but where is the stuff that nobody else is doing? the stuff where you listen to and go 'wow' that's the difference, it's a collection of nice songs as opposed to inspirational and innovative music. I can now tell that further listening will annoy rather than inspire.

I have been listening to Smiley Smile lately and really enjoying, when you listen to tracks like 'with me tonight' there is hardly any instrumentation, loads of the album's instrumentation is done with vocals, how it should be.

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Keri

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What I get from Brian's music and this certainly includes TLOS and TWGMTR is Brian's musical sensibility and I just don't get from other music. Brian is an innovator but this often isn't apparent because he is a great melodic writer. His skill is in writing great melodies and harmonies that have unique phrasing. On the DVD of TLOS Darian is playing the main piano piece for one of the spoken interludes and Brian is getting his phrasing right and it becomes a really tender phrase. Brian's writing is amazingly supple, most of Brian's work doesn't scream "INNOVATION" at you it seems so seamless so inevitable, but it moves through a lot of territory. Brian makes MUSIC and for me TLOS is all about MUSIC and it keeps feeding me new delights with each listen.

Elvis Costello in one of the docos was talking about Brian's work and saying that there is a musical continuity in American music that goes through Gershwin - Bacharach and Wilson. Brian does have a strong element of the romantic in his work and I have come to like that more and more as I get older. TLOS seems to me to be very consciously fitting into a tradition of American song writing, I think it's got the hand of a master in it and for me it really works.

I can't believe I haven't mentioned arrangement, I love both Brian's vocal and instrumental arrangements, as Darian says its "The Magic"
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I agree with Dave in Indy. I saw TLOS at Royal Festival Hall in London - seeing the old film clips with the boys and especially Carl and Dennis was really something special. Wish I could see it again and feel the reaction of the audience from that night.
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I would love to see TLOS live again! Pretty safe bet it will never happen but I'd go in a heartbeat!
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