By Steve Futterman
Updated June 19, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

With songs hooks that sound like cornerstones of the pop-music collective unconscious and production that hints at Pet Sounds‘ sumptuousness, Imagination instantly conjures up a delightful case of déjà vu. Wilson, the vocally rejuvenated Beach Boy auteur, trades in whimsy for effervescence here and the sunlit results are gladdening. B

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