Dylan Walker/Retna
Chris Willman
August 29, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

That Lucky Old Sun

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Brian Wilson
genre
Rock

We gave it a B

Brian Wilson apparently got his ambition back when he completed the Beach Boys’ lost opus, SMiLE, a few years back: The all-new That Lucky Old Sun is similarly structured as a song cycle. But the concept this time is a simplistic glorification of familiar L.A. tropes. The sunniness can feel strained, and ”Forever She’ll Be My Surfer Girl” is as unnecessary as sequels get. But when Wilson is on his game, you feel lucky to still be soaking up his rays. B
DOWNLOAD THIS: Listen to ”Midnight’s Another Day” on the musician’s MySpace page

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