The central mystery of the life of Brian Wilson: How did such a sweet and fragile soul create such complex and enduring music?
What is there to say about an album that Rolling Stone ranked #2 in its 2003 list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”?
This album is not a slavish imitation of an old sound but a fresh take on the kind of timeless, tuneful fun that pop music used to be all about.
Atticus Ross’ success in creating these pieces results in a listening experience quite a bit more harrowing and evocative than the lush and sunny Beach Boys harmonies people are accustomed to.
This was probably the loudest, rockingest Brian Wilson show I’ve ever seen.
Paul Dano invests the younger Brian Wilson with focused ecstasy, especially during his creation of the landmark album, Pet Sounds.
No Pier Pressure is Brian Wilson’s 11th solo album and it shows little diminution of his still-prodigious talents.
Legendary music journalist Jules Siegel died of a heart attack on November 17, 2012 at the age of 77. There was no “New York Times” obituary, no mention in “Rolling Stone.” But to me, he was a rock star.