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BRIAN WILSON 'I Just Wasnít Made For These Times'
MCA MCD11270 (2005)

Brian Wilson

This 1995 set, produced by Don Was, gets a full reissue here, and is full of gentle, beautifully crafted songs as youíd expect, with some nods back towards the Beach Boys.

Sadly, from the outset, itís clear itís not a great album. Thereís something missing, and Iím not going to speculate as to the state of Wilsonís mind. Maybe itís something he had to get out of his system, itís hard to tell. No amount of drugs can completely fry that kind of song writing genius but the arrangements and musicianship sound a little half hearted. ďLove And MercyĒ verges on folk retuned for 80s pop.

ďDo It AgainĒ does salvage something, but by then itís too late. Wilson has done so much better before and since.


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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