You won’t find a better Beach Boys album than their new one. I’m talking their whole catalogue too, solo, Love years, Wilson’s Smile, all of it, this is what music can sound like when a group reunites with the intention of creating passionate music.
You can tell this is a band that doesn’t know if they’ll be back in the studio ever again, the youngest member Al Jardine is 69. It doesn’t seem to matter though, you can sense a passing of fear, resentment and malevolence within the notes of every song.
The lyrics are absolutely stunning in their simplicity, dancing around the topics of age, lost-love, forgotten dreams. While it all sounds quite dour and depressing, the band has seemingly put it behind them. The titular From There and Back Again offers some insight:
You’ve been thinking ’bout some things we used to do
Thinking ’bout when life was still in front of you
Back where you belong, our favorite song
Won’t you listen