This album is a depressing pivot for me, the first of the Beach Boys albums where it becomes an effort to find something to like, to find something to defend. There had always been fluff, filler, stupid choices, bad songs. But with this, I struggled to remember why I like the Beach Boys. I struggled to understand why the Beach Boys thought they should bother being the Beach Boys, what they might be getting out of this, if this was what they were going to end up with.
I like the energy of "She's Got Rhythm," it's something that could have been on Love You (and probably would have benefitted from that style of rough edges). I like the singing in some of the stupid songs: "Pitter Patter," "Matchpoint of Our Love," "Sweet Sunday." I don't understand the covers at all. The nicest thing I can say about "My Diane" is that other people seem to enjoy it.
M.I.U. Album is basically a competent but uninspired-to-downright-lifeless performance and recording of terrible songs. So, good work, fellas.
M.I.U. Album [Brother/Reprise, 1978] On The Beach Boys Love You, lyrics like those of "Solar System" may have been a little embarrassing, but basically their silliness registered as charming. "Match Point of Our Love" ("Early in the game when you broke me/Just like a serve") and "Belles of Paris" ("There's a chapel `Sacre Coeur' in quaint Montmarte [sic]/In the open air the painters show their art") are just dumb, and despite a lot of fairly pleasant music and a few passable songs, so is this. C
lonelysummer: Shoot, i gave up on new music in the 90's.
Sept 18, 2021 2:18:38 GMT
Kapitan: Anyone want to kick off the next year's music to discuss? Pick anything except 1976, 1963, 1989, 2002, or 2010.
Sept 18, 2021 11:22:42 GMT
Kapitan: If not, I'll post a new one later today.
Sept 18, 2021 11:25:26 GMT
jk: Sounds good to me, Cap'n.
Sept 18, 2021 11:50:32 GMT
carllove: If you want to pick one today, I can do one Monday. Gotta start getting ready to power wash my deck this morning! Did get my thoughts in on 2010 this morning. Rough year!
Sept 18, 2021 13:04:24 GMT
carllove: Actually Kapitan, my husband is still sleeping, so I will choose a year this morning. It will be 1972.
Sept 18, 2021 13:14:07 GMT
B.E.: '63-72 - not just the best years for the Beach Boys but for popular music.
Sept 18, 2021 13:25:18 GMT
Kapitan: Great year for music!
Sept 18, 2021 14:34:33 GMT