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Review: The Beach Boys - The SMiLE Sessions

Review: The Beach Boys - The SMiLE Sessions

Wednesday 23rd November, 2011 1:36PM

Brian Wilson dreamed up a scarily accurate description of the due course of his own musical infamy in 1967: “I’ve been in this town so long that back in the city I’ve been taken for lost and gone and unknown for a long, long time.” How he pulled off such a premonition, we don’t know – but then again, there’s not a lot we do know for certain about one of music’s weirdest crackpots. Unlike his rival, Phil Spector, he never killed anyone, which we can thank him for. But instead, his quest for musical perfection basically destroyed his own mind in the process. And what we’re witnessing now, in 2011, is his return to the ‘city’ he sang of decades ago: a stitched-up, tacked-together, brain-in-a-jar reconstruction of the pieces that fell apart.


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