The Beach Boys as heard through Brian Wilson's monophonic ear are reflective, not so much about ephemeral pleasures as states of being, a "California Feelin'" (the only "new" song on the album, though it dates back to 1974) that replicates the cliff-hanging on a continental shelf which defines the western coast, within the interior space of an all-too-vulnerable human psyche. That weightily said, this 2002 cherry-pick is also an imminently listenable collation of the Beach Boys' deeper fathoms, defining the expansive parameters of Brian's artistic range and his ability to create a sound that is his alone, instantly recognizable and capable of conveying the most contrary of emotions: sadness couched in beauty, humor in pathos, uplift in the catharsis of musical expression. Along with great hooks, choruses, and celestial harmonies: God only knows, and thus recommends.
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