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« Reply #50 on: October 26, 2014, 07:30:25 PM »

Lovely tune. Brian sounds quite nice. I'm assuming there's some Matt Jardine in there. I'm not going to deal with the "A" word because it becomes a red herring in these discussions. The song is good or bad, and this one sounds good to me. A little out of context without an album around it, though.

Also -- you will notice this is not a remake of "Summer Means New Love," as suggested somewhere earlier on this board.
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« Reply #51 on: October 26, 2014, 07:35:48 PM »



Also -- you will notice this is not a remake of "Summer Means New Love," as suggested somewhere earlier on this board.

That's what I thought, and glad to know it's not.
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« Reply #52 on: October 26, 2014, 07:42:15 PM »

Genuinely, non cynically, unironically loving this.
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« Reply #53 on: October 26, 2014, 08:11:52 PM »

I'm pretty excited to be able to hear this song sometime in the near future.  Grin





Does it have the "Wild Honey/Carl & The Passions" vibe our mullet man Joe Thomas had mentioned a while back?
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« Reply #54 on: October 26, 2014, 08:27:47 PM »

Shocked! This is wall of holy-shite-Brian-Wilson-is-Back harmonies...I know, some you think that Mike Luhv's 'Still Surfin' from SiP is the hard-on of all heavenly surf music, but DAMN did Brian hit one out of the park with this.

Whether it'll be on NPP or not, it proves that Brian is working his ass off on everything he's been involved with lately.

rab2591 hopes that, even with the unfortunate absence of Mike 'Maharishi Guru Extraordinaire' Love and Bruce Johnston, people will still see the existential beauty in No Pier Pressure......who am I kidding, #SiPforlifebitches.
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« Reply #55 on: October 26, 2014, 08:32:36 PM »

Well said , rab

This is a great Brian song that deserves a few listens to really appreciate it.

You can tell he worked hard on it
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« Reply #56 on: October 26, 2014, 09:00:02 PM »

Since we're all in the Peter Hollens fan club now, check out this video he did of "Fields of Gold". 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=615q8Xldr14

Seems like a very gentle soul to me.  He and Brian probably hit it off pretty good. 
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« Reply #58 on: October 26, 2014, 09:45:32 PM »

It's a solid track, but I really don't like the production, which (as many have already pointed out) is way too clean for my personal taste.

Still, Brian sounds great and the harmonies are really nice and soothing.


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« Reply #59 on: October 26, 2014, 11:51:13 PM »

It's OK but really not my style of music overall. The whole thing sounds a bit forced and slick and I agree about it sounding a bit like a 90s boyband production.

Anyway, I'm sure it's very fine for what it is, just not something I'll find myself coming back to very often.
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« Reply #60 on: October 27, 2014, 02:23:55 AM »

After some repeated listens, I've decided the song has way too much Peter Hollens, and not enough Brian Wilson. Understandable since it's on a Peter Hollens album, but still. Not something I'll listen to much after the novelty of it being a new Brian Wilson song wears off, and I can almost guarantee it'll be the same for the rest of the people currently praising it.


There are parts that really sound like Carl, Mike & Bruce should be singing, and that bums me out a bit.

Brian's vocals are way over-processed, and that's cool, I guess, he sings the hell out of it and sounds good, but is the Brian Wilson who was such a perfectionist in the studio 50 years ago satisfied with the almost robotic sounding vocals on these last couple albums? Why's this song and That's Why God Made The Radio have to sound so fake (for lack of a better adjective) when the Gershwin and Disney albums sounded so much more organic?

But still, if this song is any indication, No Pier Pressure is gonna be FUCKIN' EPIC for us BW fans.

One final thought: why's the album cover gotta suck so bad?
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« Reply #61 on: October 27, 2014, 02:29:22 AM »

The Disney album, especially Can You Feel the Love Tonight, sounded more processed
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« Reply #62 on: October 27, 2014, 02:31:03 AM »

Since we're all in the Peter Hollens fan club now, check out this video he did of "Fields of Gold". 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=615q8Xldr14

Seems like a very gentle soul to me.  He and Brian probably hit it off pretty good. 
I liked his recordings of the various LotR/Hobbit film songs as well.
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« Reply #63 on: October 27, 2014, 05:58:43 AM »

Seems like a very gentle soul to me.  He and Brian probably hit it off pretty good. 

Do you think they ever met? I wonder.
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« Reply #64 on: October 27, 2014, 06:21:11 AM »

Seems like a very gentle soul to me.  He and Brian probably hit it off pretty good. 

Do you think they ever met? I wonder.


Give me an ungentle soul with some personality. 
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« Reply #65 on: October 27, 2014, 06:49:00 AM »

Boy, I wish I could listen to this track. Sounds interesting.

EDIT: Well, I can now listen to it as soon as my boss goes home for the day! I luv this board.
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« Reply #66 on: October 27, 2014, 06:57:28 AM »

You know, I have to say that even though I'm not a huge fan of the backing track for "Our Special Love" I gotta say that I'm kinda glad it's not the "Brian by numbers" sound that it seemed his band had been using in the studio from GIOMH through ITKOD. I feel like even as good as TLOS or BWRG were, they seemed like pastiche. Whereas even though TWGMTR may have seem overproduced, I think it IS probably truer to Brian's taste these days then that other stuff. So I am interested to see how NPP sounds. I suspect it will very likely sound much more organic than "Our Special Love", which truly does have a '90s r&b feel.
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« Reply #67 on: October 27, 2014, 07:28:15 AM »

Anyone else hear Al in the "dit dit"'s in the bridge?

Given the 90's R&B feel, is it safe to say this is a revamped Imagination outtake?
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« Reply #68 on: October 27, 2014, 07:42:31 AM »

I actually wish that this were more similar to the Imagination album in terms of the vocals.

Brian isn`t audible enough in the harmonies on the new song for my tastes and his lead vocals don`t sound natural enough. I think the songwriting sounds promising for the new album though...
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« Reply #69 on: October 27, 2014, 08:21:55 AM »

Great harmonies and a solid song, but this autotune is ridiculous. Maybe when obvious autotune was at its peak like 5 years ago, you could kinda accept it.  But Brian sounds like a computer. HE SOUNDS LIKE STEPHEN HAWKING WHEN SAYS "OUR SPECIAL LOVE CAN BE FOUND ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD", AND YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE! Please, tell them to turn this autotune crap off before they send the new album to the presses. It doesn't improve the performance.
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« Reply #70 on: October 27, 2014, 08:29:00 AM »

Autotuner is still a prominent stylistic element on many new and credible songs/albums. Not that this was the thinking here, but it's hardly out of fashion or outdated.

Can some kind person in the know or in a position to find out, what was the reason behind Frank Ocean being removed from the song? Was it related to the reaction to the idea of his being on a song, or creative friction in the studio?
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« Reply #71 on: October 27, 2014, 08:56:10 AM »

Yes, the Stephen Hawking effect is huge on the radio. Sure, people use it and will continue to do so, but not to sound like Siri.
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« Reply #72 on: October 27, 2014, 09:01:00 AM »

Listened to it a few more times - I'm really liking the vocal blend in the beginning of the song, probably the best mix of a cappella harmonies from any of Brian's solo songs.

I could see the first 52 seconds of this song being a great little interlude piece placed before any 'Life Suite' section songs (if there will be songs of that nature on this album)....Not at all that I dislike the rest of the song, just an idea.

I'm glad to see Brian branching out with different styles (the 10 second Zooey song clip, this R&B style), really makes me anxious for some samples to be put up on iTunes already!
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« Reply #73 on: October 27, 2014, 09:03:55 AM »



Also -- you will notice this is not a remake of "Summer Means New Love," as suggested somewhere earlier on this board.
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To my ears the beginning harmony section is the same melody as "Summer Means New Love"
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« Reply #74 on: October 27, 2014, 09:17:35 AM »

Ray wrote this a while back, somewhat of a description of Summer Means New Love:

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the remake of "Summer Means New Love' is one of my favorites; I always loved the melody of that track;  Brian decided he wanted to sing it so now its a vocal piece , with lead by Brian , and Brian and Al in the chorus; I had read somewhere on the board that this sounded like it could be a "vapid remake " or some such description.....wrong. There is a track that would fit right in with the three part suite that ends TWGMTR, but is definitely not part of it....

To me, our Special Love doesn't sound like a 'Life Suite'-esque song at all. So I highly doubt this song is the remake.
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