Holland / Reprise 1973
For each new Beach Boys album Carl Wilson comes clearer and clearer as the group's strongest vocalist. His performances on "Steamboat", "Only With You," "Funky Pretty" and not least his own "The Trader" are nothing less than convincing.
The three Calfornia Saga suite songs are all strong. Al Jardine's melodic Interlude beand one of the highlights on the album. Mike Love leads with "California" in the best way memories back to "California Girls"
Brian Wilson contributes music to the hit single "Sail On Sailor" and "Funky Pretty" - especially the former is an asset to the album.
Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin's "Leaving This Town" is a fine song which some may feel does not really have the right Beach Boys sound - could be a song that would fit for a James Taylor.
Nevertheless "Holland" is one of the band's strongest 1970s releases - unfortunately it would turn out to be the last truly great album from the Beach Boys.