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Spring (Sunshine Pop): Spring

Album Notes

SPRING...PLUS includes 4 bonus tracks.

American Spring includes: Marilyn Wilson, Diane Rovell.

This disc offers a significant piece of the puzzle from Brian Wilson's "lost" early-'70s period by collecting the album and a handful of related single tracks he produced for Spring, a female singing duo consisting of his wife, Marilyn Wilson, and her sister, Diane Rovell. The material presented here primarily divides its time between covers of vintage pop and remakes of Beach Boys material. It's a solid collection of songs, but these recordings often sound inconsistent due to the vocal limitation of the singers: Wilson and Rovell have pleasant but amateurish vocal styles that are well suited to simple uptempo pop like "Everybody" but fail to capture the rich emotions of deeper material like the Dennis Wilson classic "Forever." As a result, the finished product often has the feel of a lackluster karaoke session. That said, Spring has a certain instant appeal for Beach Boys fans because its production utilizes the same sparse, experimental sound favored on cult favorite Beach Boys albums like Surf's Up and Love You: Burbling arrangements driven by all kinds of eccentric analog synthesizer lines take the lead over a simple but effective rock rhythm section. There are also a couple of obscure Brian Wilson tunes presented here that can't be found elsewhere, the best being the hypnotic "Sweet Mountain," which combines ethereal electronica-tinged verses with a hooky pop chorus. In the end, Spring is a modest outing that has enough curiosity value for Beach Boys completists but is likely to bore the casual listener. ~ Donald A. Guarisco


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