Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin Image
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  • Summary: Recorded with the support of the Gershwin estate, this tribute album finds Brian Wilson putting his own stamp on a number of George Gershwin classics, as well as completing two songs left unfinished at the time of the composer's death.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
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  1. The Beach Boys mastermind's dip into the world of George & Ira Gershwin is a love's labor that makes plenty of sense and opens up at least a few of the tunes to illuminating interpretations.
  2. 80
    Wilson is clearly energized, and it's delightful to hear one virtuoso finally meet up with another.
  3. The imaginative artwork, of a black and white keyboard splintering into different colours, emphasises the feel-good factor of this winning collection of songs and arrangements done with great style.
  4. Wilson may be most famous for his own good-time rock-and-roll hits, but in underselling the Gershwins he's neglected his own very sophisticated and currently under-utilized capabilities.
  5. 60
    There are moments where the strings and backing vocals lurch into sickly sweet. But at least half of this album successfully unites two of America's greatest songwriters. [Oct 2010, p.109]
  6. It's a joy to hear him in such audibly great spirits, even if his most cognizant album effort in decades isn't some kind of miraculous knockout
  7. Gershwin and Wilson are among the 20th century's greatest writers of popular music; no one wishing to learn more about either should start here.

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  1. Oct 4, 2010
    8
    Of course not his best work ever, but is a work of love. This shines through most of this album. Despite some shortcomings, it is an educational piece of work. A look into the great musicial minds of George Gershwin an Brian Wilson. Expand
  2. Oct 31, 2010
    3
    I was very happy to see Brian Wilson had a new album out after loving every bit of "That Lucky Old Son". I loved the more musical kind of approach he used on it so I was interested to hear his new album would be based on George Gershwin who wrote a lot of musical music in his life.

    I don't know what happened! I guess somewhere during the recordings nobody had the guts to step up to Wilson and tell him his "Reimagines" were really forced and boring. Most of the tracks on the album have good arrangements and could be very nice instrumentals, but his voice is really not up to the task. It sounds all wrong and very forced. Some parts of his singing also sound very heavily modified. Like you're listening to a robot Wilson.

    No, I won't be listening to this album anymore, it's a really bad one.
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