Brian Wilson, 'No Pier Pressure' (Spring)
A mellow autumnal aura pervades No Pier Pressure, the Beach Boys genius' first solo album of original material since 2008. Wilson channeled his disappointment at bandmate Mike Love's decision to cancel a 2012 reunion tour into tracks like "Last Song," which co-producer Joe Thomas says concerns "a missed opportunity for Brian and the guys to ride into the sunset together." Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel, and Fun.'s Nate Ruess all appear on the spring release. R.G.