Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Beach Boys - Surfin' U.S.A.

Surfin' U.S.A. is another early Beach Boys album, and one of three they released in 1963 (Surfer Girl being one of the other two). Much like Surfer Girl, Surfin' U.S.A. has a handful of clear hits, but suffers with some unremarkable filler.

Take, for example, The Beach Boys' cover of "Misirlou," a classic surf tune that you'd recognize instantly if you heard it, especially if you've seen Pulp Fiction. The Beach Boys are known more for their harmonies than their ability to replicate Dick Dale's guitar work. You can hear the speed-picking break down at various points throughout "Misirlou," which is not the sort of thing you want to hear from a band as typically polished as The Beach Boys. There are enough great tracks on this album to make it worth your while, but there are also a few that just aren't very good.

Baleeted? No. I still love this one.

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