Sunflower (1970) Mar 15, 2019 14:16:48 GMT
Post by Kapitan on Mar 15, 2019 14:16:48 GMT
Since I already spoke my initial heresy by saying I prefer Surf's Up to Sunflower, I may as well go all the way and discuss this one: I think Sunflower might be the most overrated album in the Beach Boys' catalog, at least among fans (because let's be honest, nobody but fans knows it exists...).
Don't take that the wrong way: I think it's a good album. If we were ranking it, I'd probably give it a 7/10 or so, and put it in the 5-10 range overall among the band's albums. That's not bad at all. I love how it sounds. Desper and the guys were making great sounding recordings even when the songs weren't up to par; when they were, it was just great stuff.
The big drawbacks for me are Dennis's songs. Each of them has something I like, but I don't like all of any of them. I try not to even think about lyrics when it comes to Beach Boys songs, but some of these are especially stupid. "It's About Time" is the worst for me. "Got to Know the Woman" is competing for the honor. And "Slip On Through" has a tree-boner reference. I don't need to hear about a tree-boner.
On the other hand, "This Whole World" is one of my five or ten favorite Beach Boys songs ever. I also really like "Our Sweet Love," both of Bruce's contributions, "All I Wanna Do," and (when I can ignore the lyrics) "Add Some Music."
Anyway as I said in the Surf's Up post, I think a combination of the best of these two albums plus some of the better outtakes from the era would make for an unbelievable batch of songs, probably one of the few double albums I wouldn't incessantly complain needs to be edited down!