The Beach Boys, The Warmth Of The Sun

Lenny Kaye

By Lenny Kaye

on 05.18.11 in Reviews

The Warmth Of The Sun

Beach Boys
Uniting the various Beach Boys eras into a single overview

Mix and match, remix and matchless, this complement to 2004's Sounds of Summer shuffles the Beach Boy deck once again, adding more modern stereo balancing on several cuts, highlighting the occasional alternate version ("Breakaway"), and unearthing oddities, such as a "California Dreamin'" that features Roger McGuinn on 12-string guitar. Beyond strip mining, what it does, more than anything, is unite the various Beach Boys eras into a single overview, showing that despite many upheavals, their level of craft and songmanship is the reason why their I-can-hear music continues to touch hearts and elevate souls, and will always be ripe for another joyous repackage.