James Sullivan
September 01, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Caroline Now! The Songs of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
genre
Pop

We gave it a C

For all the Beach Boys’ oysters, the two dozen contributors to Caroline Now! The Songs of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys dig up their share of clams: They plumb the depths of the band’s lesser-known material, and the results aren’t always pretty. Eric Matthews, the Aluminum Group, and members of the Pastels and Belle & Sebastian are fitting interpreters, but Alex Chilton’s straight reading of Brian’s silly baby ditty ”I Wanna Pick You Up” is preposterous. C

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