Brian Wilson Tells Doubters to Back Off, It ‘Kind Of Bums Me Out’

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Brian Wilson doesn’t dig negativity. It kind of, well, bums him out. The Beach Boys great has hit back at detractors who’re putting out bad vibes on his current recording project.

According to a Rolling Stone article re-published by Wilson on his official Website, the new album is tipped to feature guest singers Zooey Deschanel, Lana Del Rey, Frank Ocean and Kacey Musgraves.

"This project blows my mind," Wilson is quoted as saying. "I had no idea we could pull this off!"

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Though not everyone likes the idea, and they’ve let him know. 

The revered producer has responded with a carefully worded note on his Facebook page that channels the groovy vibes of his band’s 1973 classic “Holland.” The message is below:

To my fans: it kind of bums me out to see some of the negativity here about the album I’ve been working so hard on. In my life in music, I’ve been told too many times not to fuck with the formula, but as an artist it’s my job to do that – and I think I’ve earned that right.

I’m really proud of these new songs and to hear these great artists sing on them just blows me away. I love what we’ve done.

I would think that after making music for more than fifty years, my fans would understand that I’ll always do what’s in my heart – and I think that’s why you are my fans. So let’s just wait until the album comes out because I think you just might dig it as much as I do.

Love and Mercy, Brian

Not surprisingly, Wilson’s comment is followed by a flood of positive messages from his fans.

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Wilson spoke to Billboard last October on the progress he’d made on his latest recordings. “We have eight or nine songs done, and we need three or four more songs,” he said at the time. “Most of it is very mellow kind of stuff, mellow harmony, not very much rock 'n' roll yet. It's a pretty unique album. It's very different than anything I've ever done." He also revealed he’d been working with longtime cohort Joe Thomas, with Jeff Beck and former Beach Boys mates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin.

It's unclear whether all or some of those recordings will see the light of day, and a release date hasn’t yet been announced.


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