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  • Summary: These thirteen tracks mark just the third solo disc for the former Beach Boys songwriter, and include songs that Wilson has written over the past two decades. Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Elton John guest. (Sorry, no Snoop Dogg or Missy Elliott.)
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. He has rediscovered the knack of making Beach Boys records again. And make no mistake, in sound if not personnel, this is a Beach Boys record. [Aug 2004, p.119]
  2. An unexpected but dazzling return to the top form of the later Beach Boys years.
  3. 70
    A valuable addition to his catalogue: the most consistent and sympathetically constructed solo album he's made. [Jul 2004, p.96]
  4. His voice is rough, the melodies fall flat, and there's even a guitar solo by Eric Clapton.
  5. Wilson's voice is a sorry wisp of what it once was. [19 Jun 2004, p.57]
  6. It's not so much that he's over his head as much as just past his prime, and though his love of creating music that aims to communicate a very simple and honest message is respectable, he's ultimately unconvincing and awkward with tepid melodies, gimmicky guest spots and subpar lead vocals.
  7. Everyone wants Brian Wilson's story to have a happy ending. The worst thing about Gettin' In Over My Head - far worse than the mediocre songs and the MOR guest appearances - is that it doesn't sound terribly happy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. sallyl
    Oct 7, 2004
    a really good album dont care that much for the freind like you song
  2. alk
    Oct 7, 2004
    i really love this album!!
  3. jimrays
    Oct 7, 2004
    one othe best of the year
  4. ScottS
    Jun 26, 2004
    Quit comparing everything Brian Wilson does to past glories. It blow away a lot of what current bands have been doing.
  5. JimA
    Aug 8, 2004
    These songs that people are calling weak are better than 90% of music that has been released by anyone in the last 10 years. Shame on all of you for thinking that the 24yr old Brian Wilson still exists, he's still tremendously gifted and still can produce beautiful music. Lyrically its obviously simple, but so what... he's one of the all time greats, when is the last time Paul McCartney or the Rolling Stones had a good album?? He's still incredible. Expand
  6. SeamusS
    Mar 30, 2006
    I, as many die hard Brian Wilson fans, can recognize his genius from his fun stuff. This is fun stuff, straight up. There's not alot of depth to it. It's got a nice feeling and gives you (somewhat) of an Idea as to what he's going to do on smile. There's some humor and some beauty. Not enough beauty to be a masterpeice though. Expand
  7. AdamG
    Jul 14, 2004
    As a die-hard Wilson/Beach Boys fan for over 25 years, it tears me up to realize that this is one of the five single-worst Beach Boys-related albums ever released. That makes two (1998's 'Imagination') bad albums in a row. The ONLY saving grace is the duet with Carl on "Soul Searchin'" and even THAT was better on bootlegs with The Beach Boys' backing vocals. Expand

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