By Chris Willman
Updated July 12, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Catch a Wave

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Fans will be picking up excitations aplenty from Catch a Wave, this absorbing treatment of Brian Wilson. The Beach Boys’ auteur couldn’t live with authority figures or without ’em — his abusive dad/manager, his hit-crazed brothers and cousins, or his controlling therapist. ”If he’d used his music to escape his father,” Peter Ames Carlin writes, success ”transformed everyone around him into a legion of Murrys… [all reiterating] his father’s insults. Nobody wants to hear this crap! Dust yourself off and write another hit!” Ultimately, the exhumed SMiLE was a hit — almost 40 years later — though bandmate Mike Love would still rather get litigious than lavish praise on pop’s patron saint of lost boys.

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