The Beach Boys, Friends (2001 – Remaster)

Lenny Kaye

By Lenny Kaye

on 05.18.11 in Reviews

Friends (2001 - Remaster)

Beach Boys
Attempting to keep pace with a rapidly-changing culture

Finishing up both the ’60s and their obligations to Capitol, this album reveals not only the considerable schisms within the band, but their out-of-step attempts to keep pace with a rapidly-changing culture. In an America increasingly spelled with a “k,” amid assassinations and turmoil in the streets, the Beach Boys could well appear an anachronism — and sometimes their naivete turned on them. But with Brian absenting himself from the studio (“Busy Doin’ Nothin” kind of sums it up), the other Boys stepped to the fore.