"No Pier Pressure"
"No Pier Pressure," Brian Wilson's first album since the Beach Boys reunion ended, is a confounding record, often drowning the master of harmonies, ironically, beneath the pressure of his peers.
One night in December 2013, while many people were getting ready to turn in for the night, and others took to Facebook and Instagram for some late night reading, a quick scroll past singer Beyonce's page revealed she had released a surprise album. You couldn't hear it, but you could hear a collective OMG across the Internet.
Becky Buller has, until now, been known principally in the bluegrass world as a songwriter, and her list of credits bears that out. Her songs have been recorded by a who's who of the bluegrass world, and they in turn have had great success with her songs.
The cover photo of this disc is a composite of Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge, one image overlaid on the other. It's hard to see who belongs to which hands, or which head goes with which shirt, and indeed, the music on this disc continues in that vein -- they play so closely together, it is as if the two minds have become one. It's unreal.