Here we have some of the best known melodies ever written and they sound, well, different. The reason that they sound different is that Brian Wilson is not just a composer but an arranger too. That unique Beach Boys sound didn't come simply from the melodies he wrote but also from the arrangements that he made: use of instruments, voices, harmonies and backings. Wilson has a unique style.
So here we have, at least on some tracks, `Gershwin meets the Beach Boys'. It's good. It's interesting. It's utterly professional, as one would expect from Brian Wilson.
And it's good to listen to. But occasionally, I predict. The outcome is not the sort of CD where I turn to it over and over again as a favourite. I find it an occasional play: of great interest but once heard and admired, not needing to be heard over and over again.
Ultimately this is a fascinating CD and a good listen, with musicianship of the highest order. Nobody else could have created these arrangements; nobody other than Brian Wilson could have re-imagined Gershwin this way. Four stars.