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Pacific Ocean Blue

Dennis Wilson

1977

Pacific Ocean Blue

Album Summary

Pacific Ocean Blue is the first album by American musician Dennis Wilson, co-founder of the Beach Boys, and the only one released in his lifetime. When released in August 1977, it was warmly received critically, and noted for outselling the Beach Boys' contemporary efforts. Two singles were issued from the album, "River Song" and "You and I", which did not chart. The album remains a focal point of Wilson's legacy, being referred to as a "classic". It was voted number 838 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums. Wilson intended to record a follow-up, entitled Bambu, but the album was left unfinished at the time of his death in December 1983.

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4715

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Was never a big fan of Dennis. The only song of his I like was "All I Wanna Do," so I didn't have high hopes for his solo effort. But from the first song I was surprised. "River Song" gives off strong Beach Boys vibes, and in fact it was originally supposed to be so, but the choir masterfully interlays with Dennis's and the piano ballad to make an emotionally powered piece. Nice segway to the classic rock n roll "What's Wrong" which sets up a cool mood for the next few bluesy-roots songs. My favorite stretch of songs is from "Dreamer" to "Pacific Ocean Blues." I absolutely love the brass contributions of that first song and how they work together with the guitar for lead. The other songs are a lot less blues, showcasing Dennis's amazing baroque pop voice that reminds me of what I loved so much about the Beach Boys. "You and I" gives off Steely Dan vibes, probably the most beautiful song on the album. The titular track is a momentary return to the bluesy theme of the album. It's another strong entry, and the track you're most likely to sing along to, again showcasing a Dennis's talented production. The last tracks are also good ballad tracks, although I wasn't as crazy about them as the others. I thought the closing was perfect. Ignoring the lyrics, it combined everything that defined the album, from the choral vocals to the blues sound to the piano ballad, and Dennis's mature and passionate voice. I see a lot of reviews complaining about the length. They should know Pacific Ocean Blue is just the first 12, which is the perfect length for me. I will for sure return to this album, and re-listen to Dennis's tracks on Beach Boys albums.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
5

Successfully walks the fine line of acknowledging the influences of the Beach Boys while claiming his own style. Expertly crafted, and a joy to listen to. Best track: River Song

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Funky, bluesy, groovy rock (Clapton-esque) with a spiritual bent. Nice range of styles. Feels more mature in style and substance than the Beach Boys (Wilson's other band).

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

You know that Wilson guy from the Beach Boys? No, not Brian, the eccentric genius. The other one. No, not Carl! Why would you even mention Carl?! Nobody ever talks about Carl! No, I mean one who was all mixed up with Charles Manson. Dennis, yeah. Well, it turns out he was a damn fine songwriter. In fact, "Pacific Ocean Blue" is a great album. It has a little bit of that Beach Boys smell to it but it veers hard into funk/rock/blues territory, at times evoking Clapton, The Stones, George Clinton, and a half-dozen other artists who were cutting absolute classic tracks at the time. It's really a great album. Too bad about that whole Manson thing.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

Suggests that Dennis was the George Harrison of the Beach Boys. I actually prefer this over two of the Beach Boys albums on this list. And if you really want to go on a ride, peruse Dennis Wilson's Wikipedia page. That thing is a RIDE! Aside from the entire section on Charles Manson, you get to learn (or recall) that Dennis dated Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie (who claimed Dennis Wilson was "half little boy, half insane"), and often told friends he was raped by a black man. But hell, aren't all of the Wilsons at least half insane?

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Fantastic - a diamond in the boomer rough

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

Dennis Wilson really goes the extra mile on his only solo record. Though his voice took a turn to a grainy and harsher tone (no thanks to the drugs and alcohol), he fills these songs with a Joe Cocker-esque soul that still compliments well with the signature background vocals from Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston. The instrumentation is absolutely gorgeous on this record, with plenty or strings and organ to fill your ears with vibrant, grandiose harmonies. For fans of Pet Sounds - this is a must listen to album. Favorite Song: Time Least Favorite: Thoughts of You

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Mon Jan 03 2022
3

3.6 - Here's a studio veteran that had a hand in some of the greatest popular music ever recorded. So as might be expected, towards the end of his recording career, he's got a supremely deep bag of studio tricks, he's got access to the finest equipment, and a vast network of sound magicians he can tap at will. But, what might be lacking are new ideas along with the energy to explore new emotional territory. I'm hearing loads of subtle beauty in the studio craft. Each song seems like a masterclass in paring sounds, but there's a yawning melancholy that seems to pervade this record despite its considerable sheen.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

This was better and more interesting that I thought it would be given the Beach Boys connection. Like the Beach Boys with the annoying elements removed and replaced with something grittier

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Fri Dec 04 2020
5

A masterpiece. You never regret going back to this one!

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

Brilliant, peaceful and polished.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Damn, this is good stuff

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Thu Apr 01 2021
5

Been meaning to listen to this for years. Definitely the soulful Beach Boy. Really liking this

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Sun May 09 2021
5

Great.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
5

I discovered this album about five years ago and I fell in love with it instantly. Dennis Wilson was a man in the midst of self-destruction in the wake of his abusive upbringing and the excesses of fame as a member of the Beach Boys. He was not known as a sensitive man, but for his drunken escapades which eventually culminated in his death by drowning. His voice was rapidly deteriorating which can be heard here and in subsequent live performances of this material. Here, Wilson is concerned with environmental devastation and love. In 'River Song' the opening track, he confronts the claustrophobia and smog of LA, opting instead to champion a cleaner, more natural environment. In the title track, 'Pacific Ocean Blue,' penned alongside cousin and bandmate Mike Love, Wilson laments the destruction of ocean wildlife. This is an album very close to my heart both for its lyrical and musical value, but also because it gives us an insight into the enigmatic and broken person that was Dennis Wilson.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

Haunting and beautiful in conveying the depths of Dennis Wilson's talents. The drummer moves to the forefront and the results are huge!

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Thu Aug 19 2021
5

Brilliant Album.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
5

Classic

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

This blew me away, then I read the back story and wiki

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

NICE

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Wed May 18 2022
5

that was a lot better than I was expecting the diversity here was honestly crazy, several times listening to this, I thought this was a compilation of different artists songs but apparently these all came from one guy super beautiful album, crazy to think he’s one of the beach boys, this is a 10/10

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Lang album maar wel goed! Veel verschillende stijlen door elkaar. Wel een legendary vibe.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

Spectacular album. Wilson's vocals combined with great arrangements and production make this a 5/5 for me. I cannot believe I had never heard of this record.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

This is the perfect example why I'm doing this. This is a masterpiece, however I've never heard about it. Background story of Dennis Wilson is also interesting (and sad).

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Peculiarly refreshing. 7-7.5/18 FT: Thoughts of you

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

oh wow yeah, very nice. no prior experience with dennis wilson or the beach boys etc but this is great

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Off to a great start, has me interested. Super chill listen, like it a lot. Will look up more by this dude.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Pretty great

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Interesting, soft or energic songs

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

who is this guy?!?!

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Surprisingly diverse collection of songs for what was expected from a former beach boy. Very good production throughout. Has a concept-album type feel to the music. Highlights: -River Song -You and I -Rainbows -Only with You -Holy Man -Common -

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Sensitive beard dudes shall endure.

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Sun May 30 2021
4

Easy to enjoy. River Song and Pacific Ocean Blues stand out for me, though there is little to not like. Cool soft rock vibe with a light Beach Boys influence.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Sorprendentemente maravilloso. Una delicia para escuchar mientras te tomas una buena copa

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Definitely better than the last two albums

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Sat May 01 2021
4

This guy is hard to get a read on. Sounds like Pink Floyd, Chicago, and what I imagine Randy Newman thinks he sounds like.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Tämä oli omaan korvaan sopivaa rokkia. Vähän teatraalistakin jopa taustalauluineen. Merellisyyttä löytyi.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Mooi album van de drummer van de Beach Boys. Doorstaat de tand des tijds goed.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

I love this album but two deluxe albums combined together is waaaaaay too long for me to actually appreciate it properly. I've listened three times and I'm like what. But. It's rock n roll, it's jazzy, it's moving, it's pretty excellent.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

This album is something really special. Dennis Wilson's incredible voice and rough-hewn surfer soul conveys so much pathos. I don't know who would have realized the depths of feeling he would be able to convey with this record. There are a few songs where he veers a little too close to easy listening, but never over the brink. And the incredible highs more than make up for these moments. I feel like this record highlights how he was only starting to come into his own as an artist before his tragic death. Favourite tracks: River Song, Thoughts of You, Pacific Ocean Blues, End of the Show, Farewell My Friend

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

An extremely poignant record, as Dennis Wilson, the blueprints used by the Beach Boys to bring their California sound to the 60s. The strain and melancholy in his voice combined with its richness is really something to behold. The highs of this record are undeniable, and seem like a mix of Beach Boys harmonies, with a little of Big Star's Third and a lot of heart. I can forgive the overly blues-y parts. Fav Tracks: Thoughts of You, End of The Show, Pacific Ocean Blues, River Song and Moonshine

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Wed May 12 2021
4

heck yes!

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Some pretty cool melancholy jams, some beach-boy-esque vibes at times. Would listen again

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

There’s a lot of interesting ideas goin on within this album, especially within the instrument choices. Some you don’t hear in many albums of the era, makes the listening experience so much better since you keep anticipating what could be next. I strongly recommend listening to this album. Favorite Tracks: River Song, Dreamer, Rainbows.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

It's not going into my rotation or anything, but I quite liked this. Reminded me of Eels in places.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

really great album from the former beach boy, very enjoyable and would listen again

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

It's very long but good songs.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

This definitely doesn't sound like a Beach Boys record. I liked this a lot. Highlights were Pacific Ocean Blues and What's Wrong

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

Great jams. Long-ass album.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

Look what happens when unencumbered. A strong set of songs.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Lovely stuff, would listen again.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

Yea, pretty good

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Este disco me sorprendió, me gustó más de lo que esperaba, para ser un artista y un género con el que normalmente no estoy en contacto ni escucho muy seguido. Escuché la "versión ultra-extendida", lo cual fue un poco tedioso, pero encontré un par de canciones agradables que no venían en el disco original, como "It's not too late". Mi calificación sería 3.5, pero redondearé hacia arriba.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

I enjoyed this album a lot. I'd revisit most of these tracks again.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Easy and really chill

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Love the lush arrangements on some of these songs

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

This was a great surprise…. The beach boys drummer pulls out the best beach boys solo effort I’ve heard!

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

This is a hidden gem of an album. Sure, there are some corny parts, but I just kept getting caught in the hooks. This whole album just sounds like someone who is genuinely having a great time making music, and that makes me happy.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Very good, very chill album. It's very easygoing but that doesn't mean it's poorly made or anything like that. There is certain art to making an album this seamless.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
4

Although Mexico is not on the original album, I'd add a star for it. What brilliant and warm music!

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

I never heard anything from him or from The Beach Boys before, but I really enjoyed this album! Was expecting something totally different judging from the cover. Favorite tracks: * River Song * Friday Night * Time

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Good music for chillin

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Sometimes the day makes the album- and I had a Long Beach run and this was the perfect accompaniment

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Sun May 08 2022
4

like this a lot all sorted of different genres and sounds coming out here.

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Mon May 09 2022
4

Did not know about this album, quite liked it and will be giving it a second listen. A little darker, Beach Boys comes through a little bit at parts but a good listen.

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Mon May 30 2022
4

Wilsonnn

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

Jg gillade detta! hade ingen aning om att det var strandpojkarna-killen.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

This is no formulaic Kokomo designed for adult contemporary radio. An interesting, melancholic country blues album that is much better than I expected.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

This was a surprisingly cool album, saved one song from it.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Really enjoyed it! Awesome horns, typical 70s beach.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Yes, that Wilson family and it more or less shows that those Beach Boys documentaries where Brian Wilson is the only true musician is inaccurate.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Dennis was the most soulful and moodiest of the Beach Boys. His compositions and voice are hard and feely, sensitive things. The songs on this album are dramatic and expressive and bound to stir your emotions up at least once. To my ears, 'Farewell My Friend' is the most moving.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

I didn't know what to expect. This album is full of all kinds of different genres I feel. There's some songs I really liked and some I didn't vibe with at all. All in all, solid 4.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

4/5

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Solid

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Good album. Hidden gem.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

Banger

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

Sometimes leaning towards overproduced, while at others having some very inspired production choices. Overall? Cool album

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

Epic ocean blues

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Amazing album.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

I approve this album

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

This is quite a departure from the Beach Boys sound. Dennis Wilson was a great songwriter; after Brian Wilson, his songs have the best reputation amongst fans. But by 1977 his voice was reduced to a rasp, which is a real shame as he previously had a decent singing voice. Compare the vocals on this album to tracks like Little Bird or Be Still from a decade earlier, the difference is astonishing. But taken on its own terms, this is a good album with a mature sound, and it's certainly got a lot of soul and emotion.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Listened to the deluxe edition which was very good

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Great to listen to but as a huge Brian Wilson fan comes off as derivative

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

Some decent singer songwriting here, a nice vibe.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

This starts off sounding fairly Beach Boys-like, but then it gradually morphs into something more interesting. Some of it reminds me of Wilco, some of Randy Newman, but overall it's really nice. 4 stars.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

A really interesting and varied album. Definitely glad I got to hear this & I think I'll play it again.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

A hidden gem in Beach Boys canon

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Starting this album, I really didn't get it, as it just seemed like Pacific Rock from the era, and not much more, but the second half of the album, starting with Thoughts of You, really changed the album into something that felt a lot more impactful. His voice seemed like it genuinely meant what it was singing, and the musicality really showed through from that forward. It felt like the first part was like "Yeah, I was the Beach Boys, but these are my true musical abilities. It's a shame that he died so young and couldn't have a flourishing career, I truly think it would've only gotten better.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

This album reminds me of an old sweater that’s falling apart. Barely held together by a couple loose strings. None of the musicians sound like they’re really into it which is a shame considering the lyrics, chord progressions, and structuring all sound like they’d be great if they were played tighter. Poor execution, but great theory. Makes me sad to think that they were so close to such an incredible album. 4/5

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

It's a long one, but has a lot of heart. Raw and meandering, it's a bit of a journey, but one I'm glad I've taken.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

Honestly, this fucks.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Seems quite vanilla. Can't say it to my taste. Background music maybe

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

A little bluesy and mostly melancholy, there are some gems like Friday Night that are oldies playlist worthy.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

I liked it. Although I listened over a week ago, so I don't really remember it now. :/

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

Was smooth for the day

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Better than I was expecting

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Mon May 03 2021
3

Seriously, these albums are so long! I like the album cover, I like some of the tunes, I quite liked the last track (“Mexico”) for a change and while I had never heard this before I am not the least bit surprised it is on this list. Every now and then it sounds like the Eagles or Don Henley to me, which ain’t my bag - but otherwise this is fine. I’d listen to a number of tracks again.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

Folk, rock, suave.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

Good. Chill. It is a shame he was hanging out with Charles Manson...

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

On dirait un peu un mélange entre Seal, Cat Stevens, Pink Floyd et David Bowie qui aurait envie de caca.(dans certaines pièces) Il a l'air de retenir quelque chose quand il chante le beau Dennis! Clairement un meilleur artiste solo que batteur des Beach Boys mais j'entends tellement d'influences que j'ai de la difficulté à le cerner. J'ai bien aimé malgré tout, surtout les pistes aux sonorités Pink Floydesques. Fait cocasse, le dude chillait autrefois avec Charles Manson qui lui a même écrit des chansons.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

This album was interesting, as I love The Beach Boys, but nothing really grabbed my attention. It was enjoyable though.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

Rock melódico bastante moñas. Alguna canción más movida.

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Mon May 03 2021
3

I quite like this. Nothing spectacular, undeserving of the hype it gets for sure, but a pleasant, breezy way to kill time with a glass of something cold and a good book

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Sat Apr 10 2021
3

Tranquilo. Relajado. Sosegado

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

decent stuff.... just not my bag man

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

Ik heb 'm niet helemaal kunnen luisteren, maar volgens mij is dit een 3.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

Paar hele mooie nummers, maar ook wat zwaar op de hand. Heeft misschien nog meer draaibeurten nodig om echt te landen.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
3

Better than I expected. Some good songs.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
3

Not bad, can hear where John Grant got some stuff

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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

The 'cool' Beach Boy's cult solo album. Cheesy 70's rock. Best Tracks: River Song, Pacific Ocean Blues, Rainbows

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Sun Mar 14 2021
3

Ok

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Quite nice and funky, good range of songs

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Sounds good enough, pleasant to listen to. But it's also extremely unremarkable and I sort of forgot what each song sounded like as soon as the next one started. Good for background listening during work though.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
3

Pink floyd meets beach boys production meets bob segar.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

It's ok. Kinda generic 70's grooves.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

highlights: river song, friday night, thoughts of you, time, pacific ocean blues, end of the show

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Mon May 03 2021
3

Man, so much of this is the kind of ambitious and maybe over-produced vibe that I can really dig. But why does his voice destroy it for me? Something about it doesn't fit, like he's trying too hard or something. Something about the whole album seems to say "This is a serious album" and I can't take it seriously. And I can't help thinking about Brian Wilson's stuff and how it's more ambitious and less serious and how I like it more than this. But not 100% more. I also just found out my folks voted for Trump a second time, so I'm not in a great mood. Sorry, Dennis.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

so far good. i like dreamer, thoughts of you, time,

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Sad, reminds me of a bad trip at points. Strange arrangement at times (overproduced, orchestral pieces). Not clamouring for a re-listen

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Sun Jul 04 2021
3

Another pretty good album, will definitely return to this. Very nice, quiet, harmonised vibrant songs.

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Really relaxing, and I enjoyed it while it was on, but none of the individual songs stood out to me.

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Thu May 27 2021
3

First half of the album i liked a fair bit but began to drag a bit as it went on, but yeah pretty decent

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

This is a fun album. 33 tracks is an utter marathon though and I wasn’t ready for this after a weekend of heavy drinking. I’m listening to catch up as I also had to do Tom Waits today. Following a bit of research, it’s only a 12 song record so thankfully I didn’t have to push thru the full 33 extended edition. Interesting development and departure from the Beach Boys sound so you can see why he took on a solo album to explore different directions. Dreamer is a slick groove and there are some other tracks that are nice for background noise.

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Not offensive but not particularly remarkable

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Sun Jul 25 2021
3

Grew on me a lot in the second listen. Very nice as background music, but some of the songs I saved were worthy of multiple listens Saved: River Song, Time*, Tug of Love

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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

It wasn’t the beach boys

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Pretty good at times but dragged down by a few of the boring tracks. Middle of the road in the end.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

Very hazy dreamy melodies, lots of slow jams. Songs are all fairly short, get their point across and then onto the next. Not bad, good chillout album. He really likes fading out to end songs.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
3

Fängt ziemlich öde an, wird dann aber ganz ok, will aber nie so ganz richtig in die Gänge kommen. Trotzdem um Längen besser als die Pet Sounds von den Beach Boys.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
3

well, that was all over the place. double album, styles galore...weird. i'm not sure what else to feel about this one, other than that it seemed like it could've been maybe 4 different albums, but homeboy only had a deal for one or something.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

Agreeable, well producer singer songwriter pop with hints of the beach boys.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

I didn't like this as much as I hoped I would. There's a ton of instrumental variety, but nothing that coheres on first listen and nothing that evokes the supernatural charm of the Beach Boys. There are clear peaks and valleys in the tracklist, however, and I suspect there's more than I'm hearing beneath the surface.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

Very enjoyable listen.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Fails to leave a lasting Impression, mellow sound but no song really drives the album

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

The album’s songwriting was just a bit dull, despite great production and a good vocal performance.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Reminds me of that first George Harrison solo record, though not as grand or ambitious. Still, pretty good.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

I'm not a big fan of the Beach Boys, so before listening to this I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised of the depth and the high level of songwriting for this low-key, non-Beach Boys sounding album. Proof that Brian Wilson wasn't the only musical talent in the family and I would prefer to listen to this over most Beach Boys records!

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

There are a few special songs on this album. I needed this today.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
3

6/10

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Mon Jan 03 2022
3

-I like the background screaming and low voice bit in the breakdown/bridge of "River Song" -The super deep baritone sax(?) on "Dreamer" is cool -"Time" has cool horns and bass groove thing going on -Those couple songs are good but the rest of the album was kinda meh

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

Solid three all around. Good, but not great.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

Yeah, it's fine. Nothing special but a good listen.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

I thought this was going to be a throw away for me. But it reminded me of John Lennon solo stuff I was into back in the day.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

"Time" is a jam

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Sun Jan 16 2022
3

Love the song Pacific Ocean Blues, but the rest of the album is stuffed with two many conflicting influences and styles. It just feels like a hodgepodge of any musical sound that caught Dennis’s fancy. I can see how working firsthand with Brian Wilson would make it seem like that’s how you create a brilliant album, jamming all the things you like together and stirring it up. But the thing is, you have to actually be a musical genius to know how to meld instruments, styles, and influences together in a brilliant way. Musical genius Dennis Wilson is not. Hairy motherfucker too, wasn’t he? Jeez.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
3

Maybe nitpicking but I liked the individual components here more than the sum of the parts. Enjoyed a lot of fragments and songs from piano/choir, to funk/blues/rock more than the whole album experience. Perhaps not as cohesive as it could have been. Nice instrumentals throughout, really outshined the vocals. Some BB vibes, PF, RS as well. River song, dreamer, time, rainbow.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
3

January 24th 2022. The best of this album IMO: - Thoughts of You He's a bit intense and dramatic but it's enjoyable. 2.8/5

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

Too melancholy for me. But I guess it makes sense considering how sad he must have been throughout his life.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

Some cool moments earning the much coveted third star from the worlds best music critic but didn’t really grab me overall

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

Relatively enjoyable. Didn’t like Thoughts of You

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Certaines bonnes chansons, d'autres moyennes. J'ai aimé. Trop long

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Местами цепляющий и очень умиротворяющий альбом. Что сейчас весьма в тему.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Some interesting music but overall did not find this too compelling.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Too damn long

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

It was okay but the album was too long for me

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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

A solo album by a beach boy. Definitely a different feel that what The Beach Boys normally provide. This is a slower,sadder, more artistic style album. Incredibly long which brings it down a bit. It’s not terrible just slightly depressing which in its own way is ok. 5.3/10

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Sun Apr 24 2022
3

He looks like a hobo

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Mon May 09 2022
3

I've listened to a lot of Brian's solo work, but never that of Dennis. I enjoyed this.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
3

This could be a great album of it wasn't such a freaking marathon that blends together by the end. There's some good stuff in here but nothing that really puts it over the edge for me.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
3

Relaxed, pleasant, a little dark, especially in the extended material. In no way matches up with the frenetic human being Dennis Wilson seemed to have been. If Dennis can pull this album out of soul maybe all of us have some Pacific Ocean Blue in us somewhere.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

I feel like I should have a lot to say about this album but I don’t really. I could easily hear the Beach Boys’ influence in this album. As a fan of the Beach Boys, I liked it for that. I did enjoy this album in general but doubtful I would listen again. River Song was nice.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Interesting listen. Very different from The Beach Boys, enjoyable.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

70's dad rock. Good everyday background music.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

I had doubts about this album due to its reviews. The first song "River Song" surprised me. It was very good! However, as the songs keep going, they only keep getting worse and worse. It was almost like Dennis' voice and energy was dying more and more with each song. I was dissapointed, and ready to give a negative review to this album. And then the first instrumental song, "Holy Man", came in. And it was so good! Then, "Mexico" another instrumental, even more breathtaking than the previous one. And I'm like, that was it! Clearly, Dennis' talent was always more the composition rather than the singing part. I found myself enjoying the instrumental and limited lyrics songs more than the other ones. Unfortunately, the majority of the songs weren't like that. But my opinion of the album definitely improved during the second half. I still have my issues with the album, like it's unnecessarily big length. The whole Beach Boys discography is still better than this album, but that doesn't make it bad at all.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Solid album. Many very good songs. Didn't realize that the 2nd album linked on Spotify wasn't originally apart of the Ocean Blue release and felt the album didn't deserve to be a double but it was still enjoyable.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

Another 3 all of these are simply ok

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

I didn't know Dennis Wilson had done a solo album. I initially liked the artwork, felt bold. Started the album, and reading his Wikipedia page, he had quite an interesting life - had no idea about the Charles Manson association - wild! The album almost became a soundtrack to his Wikipedia page, ha! It was enjoyable enough.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Prefs: Riversong, Moonshine, Friday Night, Pacific Ocean Blues, Rainbows Moins pref: Dreamer

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

At first I thought I liked it but then it became a bit of a chore to finish the album.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Not shabby, I might revisit this at some point. Overall didn't really grab or wow me much though. It's a 3.5 rounded down.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

The least likely Beach Boy to have a solo career puts out a mid-70s album that sounds nothing like what you would think. And his songwriting skills shine.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

Perfectly Acceptable

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

I didn't really know what to expect with this album given that Dennis was a member of the Beach Boys. It was alright. Not bad. Not great. Just kind of there. I have no desire to listen to it again though.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Two Beach Boys albums in a row (kinda) I like this whenever it doesn't sound like the Beach Boys

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

BORING

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

Emotional, only solo-album of the artist - Meikä poika hahahha! Päätin alottaa englanniksi... Niikun tässäkin lauleslekallaan... englanniksi.. SUOMESSA OLLAAN..kulluurit assimilointi.. pikku suomi ja Suomen kieli.. Ja se sanottakaan että tässä albumissa kulttuuri.. kulttuuri on vienyt hienouden.. Länsimainen.. Ne likit mitä jossain biisien introissa.. pop kulttuuri.. Leena Vanamo viet itsekontrollin (self-control) jotkut hiljaset piano soolot.. hienot orkestraatiot.. sekä tunne.. pilattu ajallisella.. Se aika on nyt kuollut. R&B Ja muut kultit.. poltettava.. Hyve ei ole kuullostaa joltain.. Hyve onse kun tekee omaa musaa.. 5 Tähteä.. Se oli tulossa.. niiden toiseen maailmaan vievien introjen.. upeiden äänikokonaisuuksien avulla.. Biiisit vastaa toisilleen... Seitsemänkin vuoden takaa.. Siinä hetkessä tämän albumin skaala.. 7 vuotta.. tuntuu pieneltä.. Biisi naksahtaa.. soimaan.. jess.. Kuitenkin neljä... tähteä.. harmittaa... Jaha ne oli kopioinu blind chaneliä.. What's Wrong.. (Do I wanna knoww... I gave up a long taaim agoo.. ) (ei sitä kohtaa onneks..)Kolmeen tippuu plagiostimsisesta.. En siitä tykkää kun jotkut tekee niin vielä nykysinkin NYT LOPPU SE

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

This album was a lovely surprise. I wouldn't have necessarily thought that Dennis Wilson had this kind of an album in him. It's creative and expressive, with a mature but offbeat pop sensibility and a bit of grit. His sound has echoes of his work with the Beach Boys, but it's very much his own, fitting in squarely with what a lot of singer-songwriters were doing in the 70s. I really enjoyed this. Fave Songs: Thoughts of You, You and I, Pacific Ocean Blues, Time, River Song, Dreamer, Rainbows

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Wed Sep 23 2020
2

Rock (chill), 2,5/10

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

Tolkuttoman pitkä! Hienoja fiiliksiä mahtui mukaan, mutta kokonaisuutena puuduttava.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
2

Forgettable

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Thu Jul 22 2021
2

Tylsä ja mitäänsanomaton levy. Pari kertaa kuuntelin ja ei herättänyt oikein mitään tunteita. Kyllä taitaa tämä Dennis Wilson ratsastaa veljensä Brianin maineella!

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

@@. Some good tracks, pretty downtempo and piano-heavy.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
2

Meh.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

listenable

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Tue Mar 23 2021
2

A little confused why this is rated so well. Probably grows on you.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

Please i would very much like to just listen to the Beach Boys instead of Beach Boy

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

Tiene momentos a lo Pink Floyd que me han gustado, pero en general se me ha hecho aburrido. Una pena, tenía muchas esperanzas en que me gustara.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

strange

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

les harmonies vocal des beach boy étaient géniales et leur musique orginale mais c'est vraiment pas son cas

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Thu Jun 10 2021
2

Running out of ways to say 'Fine'

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Sun May 30 2021
2

They snuck a Beach Boys song into this album on Youtube music! Sets the mood if you're into it. But a little more downbeat that I would have expected.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
2

Did not dig

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

Paar aardige nummers, maar over het geheel genomen te traag en saai voor mij.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

Je comprends que cela a pu être considéré comme de la bonne musique, mais c’est pas dans mes cordes. Les années 1970 avec des sons disco funk pop jazz, je n’aime pas.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

Iets te zoet allemaal

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Wed Feb 17 2021
2

What is this album doing on this list?

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

dad rock. not for me.

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Mon May 10 2021
2

Listened to a few songs, I didn't really enjoy them, just not my style, and it was too long so I didn't finish. I also feel like his voice was mixed a bit weird.

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Fri May 21 2021
2

Hated it. 2 albums as well jesus christ.

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