Archive for the ‘No Pier Pressure Track-by-track’ Category

No Pier Pressure Track-by-track XIII: The Last Song

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

It won’t be the last new song Brian Wilson song we hear, and it may be well not be the last song on a new Brian Wilson  record, but in giving this song that dramatic moniker, there is a sense that a big musical and lyrical statement is being made. If anything, the only slight letdown is in the expectation that this is an important track, rather than let the music speak for itself.

However, looking past any hype, the beauty and poignancy of the music and lyric shine through as Brian reminds us that, beyond anything else , it’s the relationships with people closest to us that is the most important thing.

No Pier Pressure Track-by-track XII: Saturday Night

Friday, November 13th, 2015

 The last of the outside collaboration tracks on No Pier Pressure is with indie star, Nate Ruess, and it’s a decent, uptempo song with a melody that easily becomes an earworm. While not breaking any new ground, it certainly shows that Brian is still the master of pop melody, whoever he collaborates with.

No Pier Pressure Track-by-track XI: One Kind Of Love

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

One Kind Of Love has something of a life of it’s own outside the context of the No Pier Pressure album. Firstly, it’s the only track written with long-time Brian Wilson band-member Scott Bennett. But more importantly, it was featured in the Love And Mercy movie , and ties in to one of the key stories of the movie, where Melinda saves Brian through an unconditional love -not wanting anything from him but for him to be happy. It’s a beautiful ballad, but most of all , a heartfelt sentiment sung sincerely.

No Pier Pressure Track-by-track X: Sail Away

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

This track could make you believe that we’ve sailed back to the Holland-era Beach Boys , with lead vocals traded between Brian, Al and Blondie Chaplin. It’s another slice of pop perfection, which certainly invokes Sail On, Sailor in more than one way, while still sounding fresh and original. The only injustice is that this wasn’t a big hit (or even a small one).

No Pier Pressure Track-by-track IX: Tell Me Why

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

For this writer, this is one of the highlights of the album, featuring enough vocal interplay between Brian and Al that Mike Love may have been persuaded that he could have just missed a session for another Beach Boys album. Anyway it’s down as a Brian Wilson solo song, but Al’s still strong voice is an important part of it. The imagery of the lyrics and lovely harmonies certainly take this song to a special place.

No Pier Pressure Track-by-track VIII: Guess You Had To Be There

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Doing a collaboration with edgy country star, Kacey Musgraves, may not have given No Pier Pressure the hip quotient that it really deserved, but it remains a track which grows on the listener quite a lot -as does much of Musgraves’ music.  The vocal interplay between Wilson and the country belle is quite engaging, masking somewhat what is actually quite a melancholy breakup song.

No Pier Pressure Track-by-track VII: The Right Time

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

In a perfect sane world, this would have been the album’s massive hit. Brian’s ability to write a perfect pop song hasn’t  been diminished by time , and neither has Al Jardine’s voice. Together, they combine on one of the album’s highlights, with a tune that you won’t easily get out of your head, but also with some transcendental moments, especially at the instrumental break at the end.

No Pier Pressure Track-by-track VI: Our Special Love

Friday, October 16th, 2015

The first taster of No Pier Pressure was this collaborative track, featuring Peter Hollens. It was released on September 28, 2014, more than six months before the album saw the light of day. Peter Hollens is known as an a capella artist, and although this song does feature some instumentation, it is the lovely vocals that are a standout on the track. Once again, it’s a Brian-related track which has a very special transcendental feel which takes romantic love from the mundane to a very spiritual place.

No Pier Pressure Track-by-track V: Half Moon Bay

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

The romantic instrumental has featured a few times in Brian’s works (most notably Summer Means New Love), but there hasn’t been an example in recent times, until the fifth track of No Pier Pressure. It’s a pleasant enough track, but as with some of the earlier examples of this sort of track, the interesting percussion effects are one of the highlights.

No Pier Pressure Track-by-track IV: On The Island

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Brian Wilson and Zooey Deschanel have formed something of a mutual admiration club, so it’s not a surprise that Zooey and her band, She & Him, feature on the new Brian Wilson album. The result of their collaboration, On The Island, sounds a bit more She & Him than Brian. It’s an engaging, if lightweight track that fits in well on the album.