By Nicholas Jennings on Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Category: Reviews

Brian Wilson - Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

It’s a marriage made in heaven: the architect of the Beach Boys’ classic surf-sound and the renowned songwriting team of the Great American Songbook. Brian takes George and Ira standards like “Rhapsody in Blue” and “I Got Plenty of Nothin’” and recasts them with his trademark California harmonies. The transformations are stunning: “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” has unmistakable traces of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” while “S’Wonderful,” with Brian in fine voice, is all sunny bossa nova. S’wonderful, indeed.