Picks and Pans Review: California

updated 06/07/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/07/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Wilson Phillips

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Wilson Phillips—the vocal trio consisting of Chynna Phillips and sisters Carnie and Wendy Wilson—seem to be the ultimate California girls. The three not only grew up in the Golden State but their pop pedigrees—Chynna's parents are John and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, and Carnie and Wendy's dad is Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys—have made the California sound their birthright. On Wilson Phillips's first studio album since 1992's Shadows and Light, the group respectfully remakes the '60s and '70s songs that put Schwarzenegger's domain on the music map. In addition to saluting the Mamas and the Papas ("Monday Monday") and the Beach Boys ("Dance Dance Dance" and "In My Room," the latter featuring Brian Wilson on vocals and piano), they turn their pretty harmonies to glossed-up gems by Jackson Browne ("Doctor My Eyes"), Fleetwood Mac ("Go Your Own Way"), the Byrds ("Turn! Turn! Turn!") and Joni Mitchell (the folky title track). The result is the equivalent of a good beach read: easy listening that's pleasantly diverting, but so light it could float away with an ocean breeze.


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