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4.0 out of 5 stars Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin, 10 Aug. 2010
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Brian Wilson takes on Gershwin classics and develops some unfinished tunes to deliver a tribute to Gershwin in his own inimitable way. The album gets off to a great start with the multi-layered vocals on 'Rhapsody In Blue (Intro)' comparable to the 'SMILE' opener 'Our prayer', and along with the first of the newly completed numbers 'The Like In I Love You' gives a positive start to the album. Wilson goes back to his roots with a lot of the classics songs his mother Audrey played him in his early years which clearly influenced him throughout his career in his singing, compositions and productions. Through choosing the songs within his register, Brian sings very solidly throughout but a few of the clasic Gershwin songs are a little too shmaltzy, in my opinion. 'I Got Plenty Of Nothin' is a very good track with a SMiLE-esque style and is very catchy, and the other new song 'Nothing But Love' is a typical Wilson song with great backing and harmonies from his band. Throughout the album the production is good and though he does some fairly radical interpretations of some of the songs, I get the feeling that he has really played it a little too safe. The album is very accessible and I wouldn't be surpised if it got a Grammy, and almost all Brian Wilson fans will find a lot to enjoy. It is yet another fine album from the 68 year old genius, as he takes a trip down memory lane.
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Initial post: 6 Sep 2010 16:32:34 BDT
Michael says:
That's interesting because 'I Got Plenty Of Nothin' reminded me of the Pet Sounds Sessions, almost like the Wouldn't It Be Nice backing track

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2010 23:26:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Sep 2010 23:28:41 BDT
Red on Black says:
A good review and vote from me but in honesty if this was an album produced by unknown artist how would this record be viewed?

I would take a bullet for Brian Wilson but I have to say this album is very cheesy in parts and adds little to the songs covered. "It ain't necessarily so" seems overblown and Wilson's voice struggles. "They cant take that away from me" almost drowns in its enforced Beach Boys jollity and "Someone to watch over me" is plain average. You contrast this for example to the immortal versions by Ella Fitzgerald and sadly most of Wilson's interpretations come a very poor second. No one doubts Wilson's genuine love of Gershwin's wonderful music, but there are just to many missteps on here to make this the real deal. Apologies to anyone who is loving this album and I only wish I could share your pleasure.

Regards R o B
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