The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds


5.0
classic

Review

by Amanda Murray STAFF
August 7th, 2005 | 435 replies | 50,088 views


Release Date: 1966 | Tracklist


To call this album classic doesn't do it justice. A rival with only two or three albums as the greatest album of all time. It is this good.

The Beach Boys are often dismissed as surf pop, bubblegum music (think "Fun Fun Fun" or "Surfin U.S.A."), by the same people who defend the Beatles as classic rock, and lambast anyone who dare call them a boy band or pop music. An odd double standard, but a rampant one. And even by those who accept the Beach Boys to be on a similar level to the Beatles, they are even then dismissed as a lowly counterpart at best.

Instead, the Beach Boys are one of the greatest bands of all-time, certainly to have ever come out of the 60s. Their vocal harmonies are second to none, and Brian Wilson's compositions and arrangements are nothing short of masterful. Need proof? Listen to Pet Sounds. This is pop rock at it's best. "Wouldn't it Be Nice" remains one of my favourite songs, even after having known it for the vast majority of my lifetime. "Good Vibrations" would have been right at home here (and perhaps should have been), but even without it this album shines.

Besides the extremely well-known songs (Sloop John B, Caroline No, God Only Knows), the tracks which were not released as singles still have extreme merit. "You Still Believe in Me", "Here Today", and the even the (unfairly) oft-dismissed title track "Pet Sounds" are all stellar recordings in their own right.

An absolute must for any collection. I can't describe it here, it has to be heard. Ignore what you think you know about the Beach Boys. Buy this album, if only to appreciate the massive influence they've had over music. The Beatles didn't change the face of music alone, you know.

5/5



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Illmatic
August 7th 2005



38 Comments


I just got it. I've listened to it, and it's a very good album. Your review's a little short, though.

EDIT: Wow, I'm still "Disconnection Notice" here? Old-school to the max.This Message Edited On 08.07.05

morrissey
Moderator
August 7th 2005



1688 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yeah I know. I might edit it with some actual track information, but I'm pretty lazy.

Illmatic
August 7th 2005



38 Comments


I remember hearing that this album inspired The Beatles to write and record Sgt. Pepper's. Is that true at all?

Illmatic
August 7th 2005



38 Comments


One of my friends, who fancies himself a very big Beatles fan, said that Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown after listening to Sgt. Pepper's because he thought he couldn't top it.

Now, I kinda doubt that.

temporary
August 7th 2005



207 Comments


"I think seeing Jimi Hendrix play also inspired Paul to write his portion of Sgt. Pepper's."

Which in turn inspired Pink Floyd to create Piper At the Gates of Dawn...

Anyways, I actually don't like the Beach Boys to much, but this album is a masterpiece.

Iai
Emeritus
August 7th 2005



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Piper came out before Sgt. Peppers.

masada
August 7th 2005



2733 Comments


I've seen Brian Wilson before. :cool:

morrissey
Moderator
August 7th 2005



1688 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I've seen Carnie Wilson, does that count?

Actually I haven't even seen her. :upset:

masada
August 7th 2005



2733 Comments


[quote=Grateful Dead]So have I, we literally bought the last tickets to a gig on his Pet Sounds tour. Back row, center :cool:[/quote]
I saw him in a store. :cool:

Senor_Whippy
September 24th 2005



367 Comments


Fucking Masterpiece.Love every second of it.God bless The Beach Boys

Hugh Jass
September 24th 2005



92 Comments


Cheap rip off of The Beatles.

Senor_Whippy
September 24th 2005



367 Comments


Hugh Jass must you always live up to your nameThis Message Edited On 09.24.05

Hugh Jass
September 24th 2005



92 Comments


I take pride in having an oversized backside.

morrissey
Moderator
September 24th 2005



1688 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Cheap rip off of The Beatles.

You quite simply have no idea what you're talking about.

morrissey
Moderator
September 24th 2005



1688 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I don't know, I assumed it wasn't. :confused:

morrissey
Moderator
September 24th 2005



1688 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Reading this over I'm kind of embarrased I put it up but I'm too lazy to edit it.

morrissey
Moderator
September 24th 2005



1688 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Pet Sounds 0.5/5

Cheap Monkees ripoffThis Message Edited On 09.24.05

AMP
October 11th 2005



2 Comments


Decent review, I like reviews that provide insight and descripitions of the songs with the surrounding instruments and the lyrics.

Songs such as "God Only Knows" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice" really show how the Beach Boys matured from a surf/car band, to a classic rock band with distinguishable songs.

robo2448
October 11th 2005



132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

God Only Knows and Sloop John B. are amazing. Good album, amazing influence and amazing harmonies.

Knoxvillelives
November 13th 2005



342 Comments


Morrisey!
Your new avatar is like...whoa
House forever man, what a show
Great review as well, disappointed by the album, but looking at it in context it's pretty damn incredible



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