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Boomkat Product Review:
With Brian Wilson back in the public eye once again after the final release of 'Smile' and his co-writer Van Dyke Parks's status re-affirmed thanks to his collaboration with Joanna Newsom on her latest album, there couldn't be a better time to dig up the old classics once more and squeeze that little bit extra out of their ageing bones. Thankfully, the list of artists chosen on this bumper compilation is frankly inspired - we've got the Oldham brothers (Will and Paul), Vic Chestnutt, Daniel Johnson, Nobody and the Mystic Chords of Memory, The Wedding Present, Micah P Hinson, Patrick Wolf, Mazarin and many others doing their very best to re-contextualise the Beach Boys for the noughties. Opening with Will Oldham is a good move as he and his brother drum up their usual magic with their inspired take on 'Wouldn't it be Nice', giving the song a dark emotional undercurrent entirely submerged in Brian Wilson and chums' original, however the album's finest moment comes from outsider extraordinaire Daniel Johnston. Thinking about it, troubled artiste Johnston is the perfect choice to reinterpret similarly challenged Wilson's dangerously upbeat songs - and his version of 'God Only Knows' is more than appropriate. Through his cracking voice and simplistic lo-fidelity production we see straight through to the very heart of the song, and it is utterly beguiling. Elsewhere oldschool indie-darlings The Wedding Present muster up the courage to take 'Caroline No' into the realms of murky slowcore, and surprisingly it works. Grand undertakings such as this are never without their missteps, but 'Do it Again' certainly has moments of perfection - and as such is worthy of a closer look. Recommended.