Being a geezer, I can remember the excitement generated when the group's first recordings came out of the tiny radio speakers. What great songs those were, especially if you were the right age. They were about what many great songs are about: cars and girls, the summer and the beach. And the group had a great sound. What's scary about this new album is that the sound is exactly the same. These guys are as old as I am, but it's as if they haven't aged a day. Their voices haven't aged, and the music hasn't aged, either. There's nostalgia, sure, but this is timeless stuff. The songs now are more self-aware the the early ones, and don't let that great summer sound fool you: some of them are pretty dark, especially "Summer's Gone" and "Pacific Coast Highway."
If you think the Beach Boys are something from the past, you should give this album a try. I don't know where they'll go from here, but if this is their last recording (and I hope it's not), it's a great one to go out on. Cowabunga!