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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5

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  1. Oct 31, 2010
    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.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. This album finds Wilson clearly invigorated by material he feels an affinity with; thankfully, he's not so precious that he can't flood it with sea salt, sunshine and all the qualities that make his music individual.
  2. You can't help but ask: Is Brian Wilson the baby-boomer George Gershwin? Or was Gershwin the first Beach Boy?
  3. With varying degrees of success he turns the melodies into post-Beach Boys pop with stacked harmonies performed in a barbershop tradition that erases vocal individuality for the sake of a creamy harmonic blend.