That Lucky Old Sun Brian Wilson apparently got his ambition back when he completed the Beach Boys' lost opus, SMiLE , a few years back: The all-new That Lucky… That Lucky Old Sun Brian Wilson apparently got his ambition back when he completed the Beach Boys' lost opus, SMiLE , a few years back: The all-new That Lucky… 2008-09-02 Brian Wilson Rock
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That Lucky Old Sun (2008)

Brian Wilson | SUNNY SIDE UP Brian Wilson serves up some Beach Boys lite
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SUNNY SIDE UP Brian Wilson serves up some Beach Boys lite
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Sep 02, 2008; Lead Performance: Brian Wilson; Genre: Rock

Brian Wilson apparently got his ambition back when he completed the Beach Boys' lost opus, SMiLE, a few years back: The all-new That Lucky Old Sun is similarly structured as a song cycle. But the concept this time is a simplistic glorification of familiar L.A. tropes. The sunniness can feel strained, and ''Forever She'll Be My Surfer Girl'' is as unnecessary as sequels get. But when Wilson is on his game, you feel lucky to still be soaking up his rays. B
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Originally posted Aug 29, 2008 Published in issue #1009 Sep 05, 2008 Order article reprints