The Beach Boys, 'Wild Honey'
Produced mostly by Carl Wilson, this
24-minute album followed
Smiley Smile by three months and got
no respect from those who believed trick harmonies and arcane changes were what
made the group artistic. Called their "soul" album, perhaps for its Stevie Wonder
cover or its use of the term "out of sight," but more likely
because it emphasized emotive lead vocals, its special gifts are an achieved
naiveté and irrepressible good humor as Southern Californian as baggies and
woodies. There's not a deep or wasted second on it.