Skip to content

Wild Honey – The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys Wild Honey

Wild Honey

(1967), 7.5/10
After the unsatisfying Smiley Smile, The Beach Boys returned with simpler and more direct songs. Most of the instrumentation is supplied by the group themselves, and most of the tracks falling into hitherto unexplored acoustic pop or enthusiastically sung white soul. Some of the tracks even dispense with the signature five part harmonies, often leaving Carl as the group’s lead vocalist without any backing vocals at all. While Wild Honey is one of The Beach Boys’ least characteristic albums, it’s one of their most consistent efforts.

The standout song here is ‘Darlin”, one of the group’s best A-sides and originally written by Brian back in 1963. With its full bodied arrangement and horn section it does sit away apart from the rest of the record. The opening title track even stakes a claim for hipness, with its trippy mellotron riff and gritty vocal from Carl. The cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Was Made To Love Her’, again features Carl Wilson’s enthusiastic singing, while Brian’s charmingly low key ‘I’d Love Just Once To See You’ is another winner. In fact, Wild Honey might be the most consistent Beach Boys album outside of Pet Sounds with no major clunkers, and packed with winners like the funky ‘How She Boogalooed It’ and the gorgeous ‘Country Air’ and ‘Let The Wind Blow’. It does finish on a slightly weird note with ‘Mama Says’, an a capella segment from ‘Vegetables’ from Smile.

Wild Honey is too insubstantial to warrant an especially high rating, due to both its short length and lack of major compositions, but it’s consistently enjoyable nonetheless.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

MyYellowFeather

Your guide to style! 💛

Old Rope

"It looked like rope, old rope"

The French Inhaler's Album Reviews

How are you meant to make your way in the world, when you're not cut out for working?

Desert Island Masterpieces

Just a 19-Year-Old Who Loves Stellar Music

mostlyacousticsteve

acoustic music reviews

Living a Beautiful Life

~ Short Stories, Flights of Fancy and Everyday Anecdotes ~

The Nerd Cave

¨You´ve taken your first step into a larger world.¨ -Obi-Wan Kenobi

Hack's Back Pages

Ruminations on Musical Milestones, 1955-1990

The Long Common

A Music Guide

The search for my creative identity

Bad at writing. Not bad at photography.

%d bloggers like this: