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No Pier Pressure

Brian Wilson

No Pier Pressure

The legendary Beach Boy's 11th solo album has guest spots from his former bandmates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin also from Kacey Musgraves, M.Ward and more.

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Virgin EMI / Capitol
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  1. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Wilson’s chord changes are as heart wrenching as ever. Print edition only

  2. 7.0 |   The Music

    Honest, confessional and unpredictable, the record mirrors the artist and man
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  3. 6.1 |   Paste Magazine

    Between hints of the past’s greatness and some head-scratching choices otherwise, Wilson’s No Pier Pressure lives in a pleasant, inoffensive middle—and that’s a quality seen nowhere across his most daring, adored works
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  4. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    There’s a number of excellent songs on this collection which make it worth investigating
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  5. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Flirts dangerously with modernity but yields handful of beauties. Print edition only

  6. 6.0 |   The Independent

    A loving reminder of how much he has given pop
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  7. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Wilson hasn’t forgotten how to make a simple chord change sound profound
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  8. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The best song closes the record. The Last Song, originally earmarked for Lana Del Rey, sounds like Wilson is reflecting on his former group, and acknowledging that his career is at an end
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  9. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    A joyfully nostalgic trip
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  10. 6.0 |   All Music

    No Pier Pressure seems genuinely weird, as it's perilously perched between the best and worst of Wilson's pop talent and Thomas' showbiz instincts
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  11. 5.6 |   Pitchfork

    The record largely cedes the floor to duets with trendy young singers (Kacey Musgraves, Nate Ruess of fun., Zooey Deschanel, all audibly rhapsodic), a foreign and not entirely flattering experiment for Wilson
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  12. 4.2 |   Consequence Of Sound

    At 72, his pitch and range aren’t what they used to be, which could actually serve the album well if he and co-producer Joe Thomas didn’t slick over every flaw with Auto-Tune and reverb
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  13. 4.0 |   Exclaim

    By making Wilson a sideshow to his own record, producers, label heads and maybe even Wilson himself have somehow forgotten why fans have continued to cling to the troubled musician for all these years in the first place
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  14. 4.0 |   The Arts Desk

    No Pier Pressure could well be Wilson’s last album, and you have to wonder why he imagined it would be a fitting tribute to his extraordinary talent
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  15. 4.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Shows just what too many cooks can do to a Beach Boy's broth
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  16. 4.0 |   NOW

    Many of the songs are decent, but they're consistently compromised by the ham-fisted presentation
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  17. 4.0 |   The FT

    Past glories are faintly glimpsed in the close harmony melodies woven into the saccharine music
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  18. 3.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    More or less artistically bankrupt
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  19. 2.0 |   PopMatters

    This may have his elderly vocals on it, but this is his album in name only
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