Carl Wilson's second solo album, "Youngblood," contains three intoxicating pop songs, two inventively rearranged oldies and some filler. At its best, "Youngblood" is evidence that Wilson, the youngest Beach Boy, can still produce pop as exhilarating and satisfying as any by the Beach Boys' superstar heirs. At its worst, the album reminds you how the Beach Boys have declined into frustrating inconsistency.
The first single is John and Joanna Hall's "What You Do to Me," a delightful celebration of infatuation. Pushed by a catchy piano figure, Wilson's glowing vocal is soon joined by ricocheting harmonies for a dizzying climax. Next is an original, "Givin' You Up," a tale of reluctant break-up. The background is suffused with lush, three-part- harmony "ahs"; Wilson's rich tenor cries out eloquently over the big climax. A third song, Billy Hinsche's "One More Night Alone," has a similar romantic swoon.
An update of the Coasters' 1957 "Youngblood" has smart horn and vocal arrangements that add a fullness and looseness to the original. John Fogerty's "Rockin' All Over the World" is given a rave-up bar-band treatment. Unfortunately, the rest of the album -- which was produced by former Doobie Brother Jeff (Skunk) Baxter -- doesn't hold up. Though everything gets a Beach-Boys-style polish, the uptempo rockers become a pointless rush and the ballads suffer from melodic undernourishment. ON RECORD, ON STAGE THE ALBUM CARL WILSON -- Youngblood (Caribou BF 37970). THE SHOW THE BEACH BOYS play Sunday after the Team America soccer game at RFK Stadium.