Friday, December 7, 2007
No. 270: Today!
Band: The Beach Boys
Why Rolling Stone gets it right: The first real mature Beach Boys record, "Today!" has Brian Wilson thinking about growing up, self-sufficiency and things that are not surfing and/or hot rods.
Why Rolling Stone gets it wrong: Well, it's the Beach Boys and it's not "Pet Sounds," so it sounds really dated.
Best song: "Help Me Ronda" and the band's version of "Do You Wanna Dance?" are fantastic.
Worst song: "In the Back of My Mind" isn't really good.
Is it awesome?: It's pretty good.
The Beach Boys are good when they're doing songs about sock hops, surfing, chicks and hot rods. On "Today!," there isn't much of those things, though that's where the best songs remains.
This was the first "Brian Wilson won't tour" album and the Spector-esque production on the album shows that. But, really, it's the Beach Boys. I'm not totally impressed. We all know the songs; That doesn't mean they're applicable today.
I just can't get worked up over a Beach Boys record.