Saturday, February 05, 2005

"Caroline, No"

If you still think the Beach Boys were all about upbeat, impossibly handsome Californian kids heading off the the beach in their woodies for some surfing, think again, dammit! Music may never have come up with a more beautiful, gentle, heartbroken lost-love song than this: "Could I ever find in you again/Things that made me love you so much then/Could we ever bring them back once they have gone?" Aching harmonies, perfectly-arranged instrumentals, this is the Beach Boys' finest and simplest moment, their "Blackbird" if you like.

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