BRIAN WILSON, THAT LUCKY OLD SUN

On this ambitious concept album about life in L.A., the former Beach Boy mixes his trademark shimmering harmonies (the standout is the spine-tingling "Midnight's Another Day") with wild, poetic spoken-word interludes.

Brian Wilson, That Lucky Old Sun [Capitol/EMI]

Our rating: 4 stars out of a possible 5

On this ambitious concept album about life in L.A., the former Beach Boy mixes his trademark shimmering harmonies (the standout is the spine-tingling "Midnight's Another Day") with wild, poetic spoken-word interludes. Somehow it works, and this old surfer continues to prove he can ride new waves. Matt Hendrickson

A sampling of Wilson's new album, with commentary

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