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on 8 December 2004
This album was a key moment in Brian's return to musical form and favour, culminating in the recent live Pet Sounds & Smile tours and the reworking & realisation of Smile itself. Brian's voice is not as pure as it was in his youth but the age / wear / weariness gives songs a new passion and soulfulness. This could be because the songs presented here are more stripped down and less produced than the originals. The mood of the album varies massively from the joyous version of Do It Again to the harrowing Still I Dream of It (a 70's home recording) and the sublime but mournful Til I Die. The refrain is the only thing that comes close to God Only Knows, as far as I'm concerned.
If you feel that Pet Sounds or the Beach Boys sound generally is too slick, this shows how brilliant these songs are anyway but with a more human quality. I love this record!