No Pier Pressure

Brian Wilson - No Pier Pressure
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2015 Ratings: #818 / 838
User Score
Based on 28 ratings
2015 Ratings: #647
April 7, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Capitol / Label
Pop, Soft Rock / Genres
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Entertainment Weekly

There’s a fundamental corniness running through Pressure, from its glossy soft-rock sheen to its borderline-anodyne lyrics about seaside love. But Wilson sells it pretty well, aided by his legendary knack for effervescent melodies and the presence of dynamic young guests.


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.


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.

Rolling Stone

There are missed opportunities ... and a few too many retreads, although the harmonies do sound grand with Al Jardine and other Beach Boys teammates on board.

American Songwriter
Existing Wilson fans will find this an enjoyable enough diversion, but even they will have to admit, it’s a little flimsy and simply not up to the high water mark Wilson has set for himself.
The Guardian

No Pier Pressure doesn’t bother trying to sound current, instead aiming to attract casual listeners with special guests, not all of whom complement Wilson.


Unlike Carlos Santana, though, who could just wedge in a noodling guitar break and shuffle back to his inexplicable stiletto empire, Wilson’s chipper duets never reach equilibrium.

Consequence of Sound
The only songs that completely jell vocally are the ones featuring former Beach Boys.

No Pier Pressure throws out that decade and a half worth of good will by doing the exact opposite, stacking the record with guest stars like Nate Ruess and Kacey Musgraves and "updating" Wilson's compositions with heaps of undercooked stylistic diversions.

Drowned in Sound

No Pier Pressure shows just what too many cooks can do to a Beach Boy's broth.

Tiny Mix Tapes

The album — minus a few semi-refreshing exceptions that see Brian Wilson team up with old bandmate Jardine — is more or less artistically bankrupt, failing as it largely does to communicate or emotionalize anything of Wilson’s concrete being or of the 21st century in which he now finds himself. 


Master of disaster and songwriter/producer Joe Thomas returns to the fold to inject some Top 40 life in to the 72-year-old Wilson’s repertoire.

Brian Wilson has drawn a lot of creative fuel over the past decade writing about his lengthy creative hiatus, and the deep regret and pain associated with it. The issue is, he's been treading creative water since 2008's Lucky Old Sun, repeating the same basic ideas to diminishing returns.
I honestly would not even be able to tell if this was a Brian Wilson album if I did not know if I was listening to it. Were all these guest stars really necessary? It's really cheesy adult contemporary pop music, but I still found it an entertaining listen as it sounds like Brian was trying to make a bad album here.

Favourite tracks: This Beautiful Day, What Ever Happened, One Kind of Love
More of a marketing trick, it wants to be fresh but it ends in a safe, summerish, unbalanced pastiche.
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Track List

  1. This Beautiful Day
  2. Runaway Dancer [ft. Sebu Simonian]
  3. What Ever Happened [ft. Al Jardine and David Marks]
  4. On The Island [ft. She & Him]
  5. Our Special Love [ft. Peter Hollens]
  6. The Right Time [ft. Al Jardine and David Marks]
  7. Guess You Had To Be There [ft. Kacey Musgraves]
  8. Tell Me Why [ft. Al Jardine]
  9. Sail Away [ft. Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine]
  10. One Kind Of Love
  11. Saturday Night [ft. Nate Ruess]
  12. The Last Song
  13. Half Moon Bay
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Added on: January 29, 2015