The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds


5.0
classic

Review

by Kingadamx USER (18 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1966 | Tracklist


Pet Sounds is considered to be one of the greatest albums of the twentieth century. It caught the Beach Boys at a time of transition. They were growing tired of their old surfing songs and such and wanted to get into more serious music. Released in 1966, this album was originally going to be a Brian Wilson solo album but he used the band to record the vocal arrangements. This truly captures the Beach Boys at their prime, even though I am more of a fan of their older cliche surfing songs, but thats just me.

1. Wouldn't It Be Nice - The song starts off with some very bright guitar picking and moves into the whole band playing. The vocals are just incredible, I'm sure that everyone has heard this song at least 10 times throughout the course of their life. The lyrics are very happy and just fit perfect with the song.
Rating: 5/5

2. You Still Believe In Me - This song jumps up and down at the end of the song which is my favorite part of the song. It Brings you up and stops and then rises higher and higher. It was said that Brian Wilson did this like he was going towards God. Brian's voice in this song is excellent.
Rating: 4/5

3. That's Not Me - The organ in this song provides a great backbone while the bass line hits you hard. The Key changes many times in this song and makes the song all the better.
Rating: 3.5/5

4. Don't Talk - This song is very slow and moves into a great string accompaniment. The lyrics in the song are kind of repetitive but not so bad. The instrumental part is the highlight of the song.
Rating: 4/5

5. I'm Waiting For The Day - The song starts off with percussion and moves into a flute accompaniment. The song eventually goes into a full blow. The Flute solo in the middle of the song is very simple but yet so perfect. The Outro very end of the song is the most powerful.
Rating: 5/5

6. Let's Go Away For Awhile - This is an all instrumental song that starts off very slow and works its way through with a very large band arrangement. The Music is very relaxing and almost drifts you off to sleep.
Rating: 5/5

7. Sloop John B. - By Far my favorite song on the album. Some smooth guitar chomping with a full band arrangement that has my favorite lyrics on the album that everyone has said before in their life, "This is the worst trip I've ever been on". The vocals are great and are very bright, happy, and clean.
Rating: 5/5

8. God Only Knows - This is probably the most beautiful track on the record. It has some great string accompaniment. The lyrics are very powerful, and they are sung at perfection. This just proves that the Beach Boys have gotten past their days of surf and car songs.
Rating: 5/5

9. I Know There's An Answer - The song starts out with a piano and moves into a full band that includes a great saxophone solo. The orchestra is at its peak on this song.
Rating: 4.5/5

10. Here Today - The bass guitar stands out to me the most on this song. The Horn arrangement accompanies the band during the chorus which is perfect. There is a little interlude in the song that has a very high tempo but then moves back into the full band playing and singing at their best.
Rating: 5/5

11. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times - The Guitar line is the strongest on this song at the beginning of the song. There are some great percussion fills in this song. These are some of my favorite lyrics on this song. It is almost as if you know how he feels.
Rating: 4.5/5

12. Pet Sounds - Starts with some great percussion and is followed with an eerie guitar line. The Bass Line hits you during a short interlude in the song. It was said that the song was written with James Bond in mind and I feel I know what they mean.
Rating: 5/5

13. Caroline No - This is one of my favorites on the record. This track was originally released as a Brian Wilson single. The Harpsichords stand out the most on this song. There are dogs barking and the sound of a train going by during the outro.
Rating: 4.5/5

14. Hang On to Your Ego (Bonus Track) - The Bass Line is very strong and the chorus is the highlight of the vocals where you can feel the power of his voice. There is a short break where you hear a short guitar chomp that sounds like a banjo. I like The instrumental part at the end of the song that has some flutes at the fadeout.
Rating: 4.5/5

Overall this is truly one of the best albums that I have heard before in my life.I'm sure that a lot of people wouldn't like this album because some of the songs sound very similar. By the end of the record you are kind of worn out by the sound of Brian Wilson's voice, Not that it is bad or anything. I guess that it's like after listening to Guns 'N' Roses for too long you get annoyed at the sound of Axl's voice, only Wilson's voice is much better "musically speaking". Besides that it is a Great Album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ZEROthirtythree
August 3rd 2004


234 Comments


FINALLY !

I have been waiting for this review. This is a wonderful cd, and it deserves to be so high on the list. Good job by the way.

Badmoon
August 3rd 2004


384 Comments


Ever notice how on almost every "Greatest album list", the #1 position always changes, but low and behold Pet Sounds is almost always #2.

RollerQueen
August 4th 2004


209 Comments


You know I've always meant to get this album...

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 4th 2004


2125 Comments


Good review of the best Beachie's album. I don't listen to it much anymore, but I love driving around with my friends and attempting to hit the falsettos in this, haha.

God Only Knows is my favourite Beach Boys track ever

Iai
Emeritus
August 4th 2004


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Most people say Pet Sounds is the worst song on this album. I quite like it, actually, so I agree with you there. The only thing I can think is wrong with this album is that Good Vibrations isn't on it. Same with Sgt. Peppers and Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane. Cool review.

mexicanfloydian
August 4th 2004


165 Comments


Great review. I've been waiting for a review of this album cause I wasn't sure if this album was good or not, now I know I have to get it.

Scott Herren
August 4th 2004


192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I would give "I Know There's An Answer" a 5/5 as that is my favorite BB song ever, and "Caroline, No" would also get a 5/5. "Hang On To Your Ego" is essentially "I Know There's An Answer" as they are the same musically, so that gets a 5/5 too.

Grantplus
August 4th 2004


1 Comments


i cant believe they didnt include "i get around" on the cd

Scott Herren
August 5th 2004


192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[QUOTE=Grantplus]i cant believe they didnt include "i get around" on the cd[/QUOTE]
Why? I can believe it. That was on All Summer Long released 2 years earlier, no need to re-release it.

Well_Respected_Man
October 23rd 2004


75 Comments


Just getting back into these guys again with Wild Honey and Smiley Smile. This album is very good, My favorite song here is "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" It even inspired me to get a theremin.

manuscriptreplica
October 24th 2004


431 Comments


I fail to see why this album reaches number 2 on the greatest albums of all time.

Tangy zizzle
October 24th 2004


253 Comments


Because your a bogan.

This is an incredible album. It has a very dark feel to it, but it's very subtle.

Def. in my top 10.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
October 24th 2004


2125 Comments


[QUOTE=Tangy zizzle]Because your a bogan.
[/QUOTE]
:lol:

I think it definitely deserves to be up there.



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