The Beach Boys, Carl & The Passions – So Tough (2000 – Remaster)

Lenny Kaye

By Lenny Kaye

on 05.18.11 in Reviews

Carl & The Passions - So Tough (2000 - Remaster)

Beach Boys
New members and a harder edge, hoping to regenerate their creativity

With Brian unreliable and out of the loop, it devolved for Carl Wilson to take the helm of leading the Beach Boys in the studio. Highlights include the gospel-ish “He Come Down,” and “Marcella” which sounds like vintage Beach Boys, not surprising since it was reworked from a Today! track. New members Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar added a slightly harder edge to the group sound.