-- Some new details have been revealed about former Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson's upcoming solo album, which will feature a variety of guest singers, including a number of young female artists. Wilson tells Rolling Stone that he initially had been writing songs for a new Beach Boys album, but plans changed when Mike Love decided that he didn't want to extend the group's 50th anniversary reunion tour in 2012.
"It was a shock," admits Wilson. "I was so proud of how the Boys were singing. Then it just ended."
He says, at first, he was at a loss about what to do with the new music he was creating before settling on the idea to bring in guest vocalists.
Among the singers who have lent their talents to the project so far are up-and-coming country star Kacey Musgraves, and alternative-pop chanteuses Lana Del Rey and Zooey Deschanel. Wilson also has called on fun. frontman Nate Ruess, whom he says "sounds a little like my brother Carl."
Jeff Beck, who toured with Brian last year, played guitar on a version of the Irish standard "Danny Boy," one of the tunes they performed together during the trek.
Musgraves, who is featured on a tune called "Guess You Had to Be There," apparently took a few takes before her vocals were to Brian's liking. "When it's good it's good, when it's not -- do it again," says Wilson. "But after three tries, Kacey nailed it."
Deschanel appears on a song named "On the Island" that Rolling Stone describes as "a space-age bossa nova."
Two versions of a track titled "Last Song" have been recorded, one featuring Del Rey and another with Wilson handling lead vocals. According to Rolling Stone, the tune, which will be the album's centerpiece, is "a heartbreaking ballad" that Brian wrote about his disappointment over the Beach Boys reunion coming to an end.
"It started out being about lost love," explains the album's co-producer, Joe Thomas. "But after the tour fell apart it became more about a missed opportunity for Brian and the guys to ride into the sunset together."
No word yet on when Wilson's album will be released.
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