These days Brian seems to have a permanent Rabbit-trapped-in-headlights expression upon his face, but his music can still raise a smile on far more flexible mugs.
“Old friends have gone, they’ve gone their separate ways,”
"Summer weather, we're back together."
The album splits neatly into two sections - the first side is brimming with optimism while the second side, in which Brian Wilson dominates, is far darker and with more mature concerns that cruising up and down the same old strip.
Sunlight is fading and there's not much left to say,"
The Beach Boys were a legendary band and this album certainly doesn't shame their legacy - the only complaint I have is that for a 50th anniversary album, the packaging is ...well, to be blunt - shit. Still it's the vibe that counts and its a good one.