The Beach Boys, 'Smiley Smile'
In the year of Pepper-mania,
the Beach Boys' Smile was expected to
gallop out of the West and reclaim the honor of rock for its nation of origin.
But Smile didn't materialize until
2004, stitched together from old bits and pieces and revived as repertory by a
solo Brian Wilson and his enablers. Instead, Wilson retreated into his lonely
room and oversaw this hastily recorded half measure – "a bunt instead of a
grand slam," groused brother Carl. Towering it's not; some kind of hit it
is. Without this product-on-demand, we'd lack such impossible trifles as the
wiggy "She's Goin' Bald," the potted "Little Pad" and
"Fall Breaks and Back to Winter," a transitional bagatelle featuring
squeezebox and imitation woodpecker.