Brian Wilson: That Lucky Old Sun (Capitol)

Brian Wilson’s fascinating reworking of the Beach Boys’ lost classic Smile, four years ago, would have been the perfect way to bring down the curtain on one of the greatest careers in pop history.

13th September, 2008

Brian Wilson’s fascinating reworking of the Beach Boys’ lost classic Smile, four years ago, would have been the perfect way to bring down the curtain on one of the greatest careers in pop history.

But like so many old warhorses, he doesn’t know when to quit, and now he’s back with a song cycle based on, of all things, the old Frankie Laine number from 1949.

There’s a distinctly...

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