I got a promo of Brian's new album today. Here's my initial thoughts on it. 1. “ How Could We Still Be Dancin’ “ The best Beach Boys single and the best Elton John single, in years, all in one. Terrific harmonies, great lead singing by Elton, and superb production. This wo“How Could We Still Be Dancin’ ” –sounds like the best Elton John and t uld make an amazing single. It may well be one. 2. “Soul Searchin’” – sung by Carl, with Brian’s fills around it. Just wonderful. Brings a tear to the eye. Again, incredible harmonies. Great sax solo by Paul Mertens. 3. “You’ve Touched Me” - Trademark harmonies, sounds like some of those outtakes from “Pet Sounds.” A real BB type vocal and arrangement. Brian sounda a tad tired on this, but the overall effect saves it. 4. “Getting’ in Over My Head” – A touching ballad with a comparatively stronger lead vocal from Brian. 5. “City Blues” – with Eric Clapton on a fuzzy, down in the mix lead guitar. Very funky tune, very un-Brian-like, different. Slowhand and horns (!!) add a lot to the overall vibe. This is most definitely not a Beach Boys tune. 6. “Desert Drive” – Back to the beach. A very straightforward vocal, with a bit of falsetto (!!) tossed it on the chorus. 7. “A Friend Like You” – with some guy named McCartney on vocals. Frankly, it sounds a bit weird to me, misplaced with the rest of this record. Seems like their “Ebony and Ivory,” just not that great, to these ears. Sorry. Macca’s voice seems buried a bit and has very little emotion to it. Very forced, it seems. Disappointing. 8. “Make Wish” – A real rocker, as much as BW does a rocker. Some funky guitar, over keyboards with semi-prominent organ. Real nice harmonies, with a complex chorus of background vocals. Sound positively classical after the previous track. 9. “Rainbow Eyes” – a very quiet track, beginning with solo piano and Brian singing over it. 10. “Saturday Morning in the City” – Very typical Brian harmonies “Wall of Sound.” May be his strongest vocal on the record. Brian sounds really “on” and interested in this one. 11. “Fairy Tale” – now he’s really in the groove. Just a beautiful vocal with very strong background harmonies. Another BB channeled song. 12. “Don’t Let Her Know She’s An Angel” – strings at the intro and throughout, with Brian’s vocal back pretty far in the mix, although very strong. Very pretty track. Mertens on flute thoroughout, with the strings. 13. “The Waltz” – Co-written with Van Dyke Parks. Kinda bizarre, circus-like atmosphere. Very strong Brian vocal, probably his easiest, most natural voice on the entire record. A nice, unexpected finish. Overall, a really strong record. I’d give it four stars.