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I should say I like the title and the pun (pier/peer), and the concept, if there was meant to be one. We all pretty much know that Brian doesn't care for modern music, and doesn't necessarily know who these people are, so... anyway...     

1) "This Beautiful Day"- nice. Just what we expect from Brian at this point.

2) "Runaway Dancer"- I like the sax intro. Then... uh-oh. I feel like I'm listening to "Still Cruisin'."

3) "Whatever Happened"- great. Would fit nicely at the end of "TWGMTR." There's just something about Al's voice that make me smile!

4) "On the Island"- So, Brian has three lines? "Still Cruisin'" flash-backs continue. Ah.. no, I was wrong! Now we're getting into a more "PS" laid-back, trippy groove. This is nice. More sax. Sax on the beach. Now, THERE'S a title for a BW album! [wink] Wait--- is this "Half Moon Bay"?

6) "Our Special Love"- beautiful intro. When the peer (who?) takes over... is it John Stamos? Nope. Didn't like it.
        
7) "The Right Time"- my favourite so far. I love the third time Brian/Al sing the chorus line (is it dm?). Lovely!

8) "Guess..."- sorry, the lead does nothing for me. Brian kicks a*s as usual in this upbeat tune. I like the line about "winners and losers," perhaps- maybe!- a subtle reference to "heroes and villains." Maybe.

9) "Don't Worry"- "Don't wo-rry, Ba-by..." Oh wait, not quite. A bit distracting. It's okay.

10) "Somewhere Quiet"- I'm getting a "Keep an eye on summer" vibe here. Not a bad thing. Nice song. Some nice crescendos here.  

11) "I'm Feeling Sad"- immediate "Busy doin' nothing" vibe. Again, not a bad thing. Oh, a little "Please let me wonder too."

12) "Tell Me Why"- reminds me most of 90's Brian, for some reason. I feel this could fit comfortably on "Imagination." I LOVE this song!! I will be cranking this song up a LOT in the next days/weeks.

13) "Sail Away"- um... Blondie, I luv ya, but...  no. Al's stuff at the end is nice, though. I get it: they tried to mix "Sail on, Sailor" and "Sloop John." Didn't work (for me).

14) "One Kind.."- grabbed me instantly. Damn, when the bass comes in... kills me. The verses are so sweet, I love them!

15) "Saturday Night"- if this wasn't Brian, I'd dismiss it as "okay." Actually, the chorus is quite catchy. But then: "ba... BA... BA!!" Of course, Brian comes in, and it becomes something else. It's kind of 70's-ish.  

16) "The Last Song"- lovely. "Don't let go..." "Don't be sad..." "Never enough time..." Lovely sentiments.  

Wow. Those are my reactions upon first listening. I may (as has been the case before) start to enjoy the lesser songs more later... we'll see.

For the time being, I'd appreciate your thoughts. L&M.


      

   
     
 
  
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What a GREAT record will do - will be to change your perspective on various songs over time.  The film did that for me and hearing some of them live last month.  We should all do a retake at the end of the year to see where it all goes.  Nice reflections that you offer here.
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Good point, Al. Yes, it takes time...

NPP will be on HIGH ROTATION from now on. 

(Actually, that's a great album title right there... kind of a twist on REVOLVER, haha..).



 


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Thanks for this nice and balanced review. Based on mine and someone else's experience, I'd bet NPP will grow on you, especially Sail Away: it's obviously meant to complete the "Sailing Songs Trilogy" and so, yes, there are obvious references, but apart from that it's quite its own song. And what a song! [smile]

PS: I have to admit that any song where Blondie, Al and Brian share leads is already sold to me. 
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Just wanted to drop in and say... this album is getting a LOT better for me...

"One Kind" is still my absolute favourite- especially because it book-ended "L&M: the Movie"- but I've also warmed up to "Saturday night" and "Runaway Dancer"(!).

I've warmed up to "Sail away" too. Quite BW '88-ish.

Brian's line in "Tell me why" before Al takes over breaks my heart.

I still find it ironic, however, that a song called "Don't worry" that sounds like "Don't worry, baby" has the lines: "I'm going out of my way, to live in the now and not yesterday." Actually, maybe BW IS going out of his way to do so, but others don't let him, ha.

Meanwhile Pet Sounds-esque backing tracks permeate through many of the tracks here. Not complaining, just an observation. Oh, and "I'm feeling sad" is totally "Please let me wonder."     

And- can someone tell me when and where Al discovered the Fountain of Youth? 'cause he sounds like he's still in his 20's here.

 


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