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The Beach Boys Today!

The Beach Boys

1965

The Beach Boys Today!

Album Summary

The Beach Boys Today! is the eighth studio album by the American rock band the Beach Boys, released March 8, 1965 on Capitol Records. It signaled a departure from their previous records with its orchestral sound, intimate subject matter, and abandonment of car or surf songs. Side one features an uptempo sound, while side two consists mostly of introspective ballads. Supported by this thematic approach, the record became an early example of a rock concept album and established the group as album artists rather than just a singles band. It has since become regarded as one of band's best works and one of the greatest albums of all time. The album was produced, arranged, and largely written by Brian Wilson with additional lyrics by Mike Love. Most of it was recorded in January 1965 with the aid of over 25 studio musicians shortly after Wilson had suffered a nervous breakdown and stopped touring with his bandmates. Building on the advancements of All Summer Long (1964), Today! showcased more refined performances, denser and richer arrangements, slower tempos, longer structures, and influences drawn from Phil Spector and Burt Bacharach. Unlike their prior albums, none of the songs employ just traditional rock instrumentation as accompaniment. Instead, a more eclectic selection of instruments, including timpani, harpsichord, vibraphone, and French horn, feature throughout the album. Lyrically, Wilson developed a more personalized, semi-autobiographical approach, with his songs written from the perspective of vulnerable, neurotic, and insecure narrators. The LP includes "She Knows Me Too Well", about a man who acknowledges his cruel treatment of his girlfriend, "Don't Hurt My Little Sister", about a sibling who appears to conflate fraternal and romantic feelings for his younger sister, and "In the Back of My Mind", a ballad that ends with a breakdown of instruments playing out of sync from each other. Today! reached number four in the US during a 50-week chart stay and yielded three top 20 singles: "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)" (number 9), "Dance, Dance, Dance" (number 8), and "Do You Wanna Dance?" (number 12). A rerecorded version of "Help Me, Rhonda", issued in April, became the band's second number-one hit in the US. In the UK, the album was released in April 1966 and peaked at number 6. Today! continues to attract critical acclaim, with commentators usually focusing on the second side of the record, often describing it as a precursor to Pet Sounds (1966).

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Rating

3.25

Votes

5134

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

You could put this in a museum and say "listen kids, this is what preppy white boys did to get laid 100 years ago"

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

horro as i come to terms with the utter caucasity of my music taste

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Mon May 31 2021
4

The Beach Boys have always had gorgeous, sweeping harmonies, and I feel like they truly shine here. Weirdly, I really enjoy the studio noise at the very end of the record. A lot of beautiful sounds on this record. Favorite tracks: "Help Me Rhonda", "In The Back of My Mind"

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Time is an interesting thing. When I was 8 years old, the Beach Boys sounded like yesterday's music to me, but they had been cutting edge only three years before. While the vocal sound of the Beach Boys has been appropriated by everyone from Van Halen to Animal Collective, this album is bound to a very specific cultural moment. So given all that, is it still worth listening to outside of its massive influence? Well, first of all, the vocals are still as gorgeous as ever, just in terms of the sheer beauty of the timbres. The brothers Wilson and Mike Love harmonize beautifully. We could use vocalists like them today. The disadvantage of the bell-like clarity of the vocalists is that the lyrics are all too discernable. They are simplistic bordering on moronic. At first glance, the music is just as simple. Certainly, the building blocks are, basic early 60s surf-rock melodies and chord progressions. But composer Brian Wilson throws in surprising harmonic shifts here and there, which provides some interest. The production has the bombast and echo so beloved by Phil Spector, which I loathe on general principle, but it's kind of appropriate for this kind of sunny California sound. So, how do you rate this sort of thing? I found the style boring 50 years ago, and I feel about the same now. That said, it's beautifully executed, and much more sophisticated than most music of its ilk. I'll hold my nose and give it 3 stars out of 5. 3/5

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

J'ai adoré la chanson Bull Session with "Big Daddy" dont le concept est de parler angais et de s'enregistrer.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
5

Fun!

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

The Beach Boys Today! is the eighth studio album by the American rock band the Beach Boys, released March 8, 1965 on Capitol Records. It signaled a departure from their previous records with its orchestral sound, intimate subject matter, and abandonment of car or surf songs. Side one features an uptempo sound, while side two consists mostly of introspective ballads. Supported by this thematic approach, the record became an early example of a rock concept album and established the group as album artists rather than just a singles band. It has since become regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

I was unfamiliar with 8 of the 12 tracks on the original disk. It's 29-minutes of Beach Boy joy. Fun, lyrical, melodious. I would have been a fan if I wasn't only 9-months old when this album was released. Added.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

Love The Beach Boys. This might not be their most mature or developed offering but it sure puts me in a good mood.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

So many songs to enjoy on this album. I love that their music captures a very specific era and vibe and - mostly - one single adolescent obsession - girls, girls, girls. And it makes the music truthful and sincere. The songwriting will evolve on later albums but this is a sign pointing towards even greater music to come.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

A stepping stone album that sounds equal parts early surf-pop Beach Boys and the later sonic experimentation Beach Boys, but just not quite as good as either.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

I was going to brush this off as an "Oh gee, we probably need a few more Beach Boys albums on the list" pick, but Brian Wilson's melodicism never deserts him, the boys don't try to make more out of material that's slight-by-design, and Help Me Rhonda buys a lot of good will. A great example of building an album around one terrific single, but probably not one of the 1001 best albums ever made.

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Mon May 03 2021
2

The worst of the Beach Boys, if we're being honest. Best track: She Knows Me Too Well

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

I don't get the Beach Boys...

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Tue Sep 14 2021
2

Honestly, this is really not their best album. It's full of the oooeeeooo, falsetto, saccharine-sweet fluff tracks that they became popular for but has none of the brilliant deep cuts that made them legends.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

good

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Sat May 01 2021
5

Their first great album.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

Very Good

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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

Sencillo, práctico, genial.

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Sat Oct 09 2021
5

America’s Beatles

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Sat Dec 04 2021
5

5/5. 😤 heat

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

Good ol classic Beach Boys. Enjoy a treat. Hard to hate surf rock.

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Sat Jun 04 2022
5

Hell yeah, what’s not to love about the beach boys? - 9/10

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Sat Jun 11 2022
5

Gorgeous harmonizing! I just love the way the Beach Boys sound, it’s the most nostalgic sound in the world to me. This is a fucking great album. You get fun, catchy songs that have matured out of corny surfing themes, but still emanate youthful joy. Brian Wilson is a stunning delicate genius who is too pure for this world.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

Amazing as always.

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

Classic

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Sun Jul 31 2022
5

Great album, I’ve listened to it plenty of times before. Though I think Summer Days (And Nights) would’ve been a better choice for this list, this is still great.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

A masterpiece! This is one of their best albums. Love this direction in subject matter away from surfing and cars and more inward-looking lyrics. I always loved the band I have big nostalgia and memories from a childhood California road trip where we had their greatest hits on repeat for three weeks!! I also love the harmonies and find their music in general incredibly impressive mainly because it's SO difficult to sing, play, recreate! Also it might be partly nostalgia but all the songs give me such a happy upbeat mood, love love love.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

Classic Beach Boys

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

Really likes it

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

50% solid gold 60s teenybop bangers Beach Boys, 45% Pet Sounds gold Beach Boys (plus 5% withering Beach Boys recorded for all time for some reason at the end) What's not to like? Apart from that last bit.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Given that the Beach Boys are neck-and-neck with the Beatles for the title of my favorite band, I think it’s an absolute TRAVESTY that there isn’t another BB album on the list. Today is supposed to represent the BB’s early work, but in reality it’s a transitional record. I think that Surfer Girl or even Summer Days… And Summer Nights should have made the list as well. Anywho, I thought I was going to give this only 4 stars because on every pre-Pet Sounds BB record, there’s like 5 beautiful songs that make you want to cry, and 5 of the dumbest novelty songs you’ve ever heard. Yet even the songs on side one are amazing! I enjoyed “Do You Wanna Dance?” just as much as “Please Let Me Wonder”. Brian and the boys earned their five stars here.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Nah I’m not in the mood. How about The Beach Boys Tomorrow

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Sun Sep 25 2022
5

Fun, fun, fun until daddy takes the t-bird away

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

Oh man the harmony in these songs is so great. Love the all the vocals and the arranging. I never really heard most of these songs but now I feel like I’ve been really missing out on The Beach Boys. They are kind of perfect recordings (except the tambourine is super loud) I love the echoey hi hat sound in I’m so young.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

The Beach Boys were a group that I thought I understood in my youth. Then sometime in my 30s all those songs I started getting an inkling there was a lot more to them than I thought. So I have really loved having their albums come up on this project. The songs I am familiar with are so much more meaningful, and I’m discovering brilliant new songs that often surpass those greatest hits. I enjoyed the fun side one and the much more wistful side two. There’s a lot of everything I love about The Beach Boys here. I’m constantly surprised how the melodies will often go off in an unexpected direction - just one of the many ways this album transcends its genre. I listened to this three times in a row and just floated away on those beautiful harmonies over a glorious wall of sound. What a perfect album!

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

I'm really loving all of the exposure I'm getting to The Beach Boys with this project. And it's fun to read about the goings-on around the recording and the release of this record. Do You Wanna Dance hits you with the Phil Spector-ish wall of sound, making it clear why Wikipedia classifies this as Orchestrated Rock. I love the complexity of the lyrics on side 2 of the album hinting at where Brian Wilson is headed. A gem!

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

I've been a fan of The Beach Boys my entire life. I was more of a fan of the later orchestral sounds than the early surf songs, but I liked them all. How fun to be able to explore the evolution of their sound.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Beautiful harmonies in timeless pop music. Great stuff from the Beach Boys as always.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

There's magic in The Beach Boys' music -- the way their vocal harmonies float in the air, the way bass drums and timpani add drama with a buh-dum-dum. I can't believe I've never listened to this particular album before. I'm loving it. "Do You Wanna Dance" is one of my favorite songs and The Beach Boys' version is one of the definitive takes on it that all other versions get judged against. Something that struck me after listening to the album a few times is how many songs are about male insecurity. On "Good to My Baby," a guy swears that he treats his girl right and that she loves him but it's pretty clear that's not really the case. "Don't Hurt My Little Sister" takes the opposite perspective. An older brother is worried his sister's boyfriend isn't good enough for her. On "Help Me, Rhonda," (a classic) the guy is just using Rhonda as a rebound hookup after getting dumped by his fiancee. The music makes it sound like an upbeat love song but he's really just hurt. Rhonda looks good but he doesn't seem to care about her at all. "She Knows Me Too Well" is a song from the perspective of a jealous man and on "In the Back of My Mind," a man is paranoid his happy relationship will eventually crumble. There are a lot of insecure and unhappy men in these songs. You can put this on in the background and jam out to the music (which I did a few times and loved) but a closer look gives you a deeper (and sadder) experience.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

5/5. There are just a few songs that prevent the 5/5 score but it is so close that I thought I’d give it anyway. 4.8/5 to be exact.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

It was time to put away the surfboards, for the time being anyway. Today! was Brian Wilson fleshing out ideas and soundscapes that would soon engulf his psyche and end up changing the course of music forever. Despite the songs being taut, it is packed with intent for a different kind of listening experience; songs for the interior space as opposed to the beaches that were once roamed and eternally romanticized. Today! is the blueprint for what was to come. Do not skip out.

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Tue May 04 2021
4

It’s not Pet Sounds but still awesome.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Casi 5

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

Considerado su álbum más político, su temática se centra en aspectos de la historia de Inglaterra como la guerra y el imperialismo.[3]The Words That Maketh Murder» Publicado: 6 de febrero de 2011 «The Glorious Land» Publicado: 18 de abril de 2011 «Written on the Forehead»

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Never listened to it before. It's good but very very short

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Varied moods in songs, kinda typical old school sound. Frankie valli style. Nice to listen to but not spectacular captivating

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Love me some Beach Boys!

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Those high pitched voices are definitely from another era, aren't they? Some timeless jams in here regardless. Such a summer, classic car show vibe. Makes me wonder if there's a cache of bangin Beach Boys covers somewhere that I should be listening to. Also love the shag rug sweaters these boys are wearing on the album cover. And they list a billion songs "+ three more". Classic.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Nice

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Gotta love the beach boys

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Good

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Fri May 07 2021
4

For my first beach boys album this was an incredible bite size joy to listen to. I'm so young and Do you wanna dance? really stuck out to me and I would say those were my favorite tracks, I get so caught up in trying to find strange and unique bands to listen to that I often forget about these well respected musicians. I'll use this album as gateway into my research into more popular and widely respected groups.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

All sound similar. Favs: Rhonda, Grow up, So young

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Sun Jul 25 2021
4

Great lyrics and composition. A precursor to "Pet Sounds."

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

the beach boys have such a distinctive sound that gets a bit repetitive but still a solid good album

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

Made me want a milkshake.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

An innocent and sunny batch of tunes from Brian Wilson and his brothers, with tagalong douchebag Mike Love (who'd later claim credit for much of Brian's genius). This album catches them after the surfing infatuation, and well on their way to the pop masterpiece of Pet Sounds. Their vocal harmonies are in fine form here, and elevate even the corniest tune (and there's plenty of corn here). Sweetness in song form.

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Sat Sep 11 2021
4

A big hit single and another great song (Good To My Baby) on Side 1 and several 5 star songs (Please Let Me Wonder, Kiss Me Baby) on Side 2.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

This is really the point at Which Brian’s creative juices really began to flow and arrangements started to become more dense and complex. Great album.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Really solid music, fun beach songs!! Kinda got repetitive and found myself wanting to listen to something else after a while

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Didn't know any of these songs before but really liked the album

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Ace, early doo-wop rock n roll.

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

Começa bem e mantém o clima. Fundamental para conhecer as bases do pop qualificado

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Rock viejuno. Ningún megahit.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

-It was The Beach Boys. Nothing really remarkable about it.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

Good… contained a few hits and more. I always enjoy listening to the BB!

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Not really a fan of the Beach Boys, but I recognise there's genius in this album.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

The album transitions out of the Beach Boys' surf rock with more complex pop songs on the A-side and ballads on the B-side. Lyrics like, "When I grow up to be a man Will I dig the same things that turn me on as a kid?" And "Will I look for the same things in a woman that I dig in a girl? (Fourteen, fifteen)" didn't age well.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

beach boys allways good

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Enjoyed this, the arrangements, the harmonies, some of the lyrics are a bit suspect, but still classic album.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

The original vinyl album was arranged so that side one was uptempo and side two had ballads, which is quite nice if you are only in the mood for one or the other. It's short (under 30 mins) and definitely music of its time. The uptempo songs are catchy, "Do you wanna dance" is especially powerful, amazing. The ballads are emotional but maybe a touch to twee overal. This has the original non hit version of "Help me Ronda", which has some cool harmonica licks. I do hate the last track of speech, utterly pointless filler. It's hard to choose stand out tracks as I kind of like them all, special mention goes to the jazzy "In the back of my mind" which has an orchestral backing similar to several Pet Sounds tracks. Not quite a classic but nonetheless a very good album.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Really good, never listened to more of the Beach Boys besides the hits

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Please Let Me Wonder is such a perfect song omg. The first half of this record is good pop but the second half is just on another level.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Not their best, but still good.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Great harmonies, fun chord proggressions, boring themes, not the best of The Beach Boys, but not a bad listen at all. Though these lovesongs are so thematically dry I just can't help but love it, probably because it's from the 60s. A high 3 3.5/5 This might be the whitest album ever, but obviously I really enjoyed it. Also inspired me to begin making a Fallout vibe playlist. 4

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

It’s a nice beach boys album. Doesn’t touch pet sounds but has a few hits that I really enjoy. A bit different from the surfer hits and more about love and a little bit slower tempo. Overall it’s still a good listen. 7.8/10

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

I don’t think I’ve heard a beach boys album I didn’t like - this is not their best obviously but love the more surf-iness sounds of early beach boys - enjoyed every bit of it

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Una banda en plena evolució, conservant el pop fresc i juvenil dels primers discos i a la vegada introduint nous sons i conceptes melòdics que acabarien d'explotar a 'Pet Sounds'. Al final, un dels seus millors discos dels '60, irresistiblament estiuenc

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

5 stars if pet sounds didn't exist

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Poppy, easy listening

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Позитивный :)

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Pre-Pet Sounds Prefs: Do You Wanna Dance?, When I Grow Up (To Be a Man), Help Me, Ronda, Please Let Me Wonder, She Knows Me Too Well, In The Back of My Mind Moins Pref: Bull Session With 'Big Daddy'

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

First time listen. I can remember only hearing "Rhonda" and "Dance, Dance, Dance" more than once before. Obviously, great harmonies and fantastic music. Nothing about cars or surfing. Reading the substantial history of this, their 8th album took me way longer than the 28 minute album length. Considered one of the first "concept" albums (not just singles) and a precursor to "Pet Sounds." Entirely written by Brian Wilson. 25 musicians used. Influenced by Phil Spector and Burt Bacharach. Prior to the recording, Brian had a nervous breakdown, married a 16 teen year old, stop touring, started smoking pot and drinking and had just written and recorded 4 albums in 12 months. Woah! Besides the two mentioned above, other top forty singles included "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)" and " Do you Wanna Dance?"

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

Gee golly, sure was swell

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Sat Feb 19 2022
4

3.75

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Not The Beach Boys best but also not bad! I've been listening to Help Me Rhonda non stop :)

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

not a concept album but still good.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

Alright, cool... no Pet Sounds, but it's classic beach boys sound.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

This is where Brian Wilson truly started to shine in his songwriting/arranging and studio alchemy. I used to have a nice copy of this on vinyl that I picked up from a thrift store back when you could still find decent records in thrift stores for a steal. I really like that they play with the album format and had different moods for each side of the record. The inclusion of "Bull Session with Big Daddy" at the end is sort of baffling but oh well - ah youth... Favorite tracks are "When I Grow Up" and "She Knows Me Too Well."

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Good and enjoyable? Certainly. Ingrained in my memory since childhood? Oh yes. One of the all time greatest albums? My modern ears can't hear it, I'll have to take their word for it. Certainly influential though, and apparently an early example of a concept album.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

4.5/5. This album is a classic. I put this on whenever I am not sure what to play. It has such a fun feel to it while also being very good music.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Awesome, had that 'wall of sound' feeling, and the harmonies and progressions are all there.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Listened to on 3/10/22 4/5 Favorite song: Please let me wonder, she knows me too well Not quite the beach album I was expecting but genuinely so well done and would listen to again and again - makes me wish I was in a 60s prom scene

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

dig it

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson were nearing the peak of their genius, but still churning out a few more naive songs. Regardless, every Beach Boys song is charming, always cleverly arranged, with divine backing vocals. The harpsichord on When I Grow Up or the organ on Please Let Me Wonder... beautiful!

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Classic Beach Boys ! Not in the top 5 of the bands, but still really enjoyable.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

I don't know about this being one of their most essential releases, but it's still great. I feel that giving it a 4 is a bit much, but since there's no half stars I feel that it's closer to my appreciation than a 3.

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

Very uplifting'n'fun sound and energy in this one. Some nice pictures of summer nostalgia comes to mind while listening it.

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

Good album, had never heard these Beach Boy songs, but enjoyed the laid back vibe of the tracks

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

More gold from The Beach Boys. I like the two halves approach of the album.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

I love harmonies. The end.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

I thought it was quite nice and interesting. The songs are super quick and their topics are quite simple, but the backing vocals and switch-up’s in instrumentation keep it from getting stale. 8/10

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Sun May 15 2022
4

Pretty solid beach boys albums, you can really hear the evolution of their sound with this one. Not quite Pet Sounds, yet

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Some fun tunes but. 7/10

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Thu May 26 2022
4

8/10. This was a really fun little Beach Boys album

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

Great album, classic songs

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Groovy~

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Still has the strong classic Beach Boys vibe but with less cars and more girls. I will listen again.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Exactly what you would expect. Brian Wilson's song writing is phenomenal.

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Sat Jul 16 2022
4

It's the Beach Boys, which is great, don't get me wrong. The Wikipedia page says that this was the album that solidified them as "album artists" instead of just a singles band. Maybe for the time that meant something but, I mean, it's just more Beach Boys. If you were expecting something more than love songs and harmonizing, you'd be sorely disappointed. Luckily they do both of these things very well.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Listened Before? N Concise and tight, well written and classic sounding. I loved this album. It's not my style enough to add it to my library but it was a pleasure to hear. MUCH better than their later works. I preferred the stereo version to the original mono version. I realize this won't be the case for everyone. Added to Library? N Songs added to Playlist: Dance, Dance, Dance

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Groovy tunes man

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Absolutely of it's time, but still a great album that a solid 3.5 deserves to be rounded up.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

4.0 - A breezy and fun listen with that classic early Beach Boys sound. Amazing vocal harmonies and interesting chord progressions.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

I guess you can only write so many songs about surfing, but the switch to more lyrical themes didn't entirely work out for the Beach Boys (at least not in this album). The upbeat songs are still great and make me happy, but the more contemplative tracks just arent's as catchy, although they are stylistically interesting.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

Love it, love the beach boys, makes me feel all summery and happy

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

It's not pet sounds, but hey.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
4

Just a really fun album all the way through. The first half is much stronger than the second but the whole thing was a joy to listen to.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Barbershop. Has heresy chord progressions and harmonies

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

I love that they took their music style and heightened it with this album’s orchestration and harmonies. I also like that they did something different from their usual surfing and sunshine songs and wrote a young love album.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

only knew their most known songs, Good vibrations, God only knows, Wouldn't it be nice and Surfin' USA it's nice to listen to one of the older ones

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

The joys of surf core music. Overall for the time it’s quite clear why the beach bits were such a breakout hit . The vocal delivery from the band , and tongue and cheek lyrics were infectious to keep your feet tapping away.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

I have tried, I can't get it

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Groovy

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Sat Sep 24 2022
4

Not sure about the last bit

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Tres bon, C'est les beach boys, ça fait du beach boys un peu comme beaucoup des giga classiques ça fait ce qu'on expect mais c'est peu surprenant. J'ai passé un bon moment en sah et c'est du classique mais rien de particulièrement transcendant, allez bisous

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Brian Wilson's falsetto cuts through this album like a crystal sword through cheesecake.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

Un bon album, c'est tres beach boys et c'est tres bien. 4.25

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

great album

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

first listen not a style of music i'm drawn to...but the harmonies and revolutionary chord changes keep me interested

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

Disco de cuando están en su apogeo. Ya tienen bien pulido su sonido y aunque ninguna de las canciones sobresale dramáticamente, es un disco cortito que se puede escuchar completo y al menos a mi me puso muy de buenas. I'm So Young se me hace la que más se sale de lo convencional y Help Me, Rhonda se me hace la mejor.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

The Beach Boys are so fun to listen to. It’s sounds wholesome even when songs are about some unwholesome topics.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

The Beach Boys are always such a good time. I love the Phil specter/wrecking crew vibe on this record, the vocals are incredible and the arrangements/instrumentation are so cool.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

Beach Boys in Bubble Gum mode.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

The first thing I did when I found the complete list of songs for this thing, was to see what Beach Boys albums they chose. And I can't say they got it wrong. Pet Sounds, of course, but they chose the best pre-PS album (this one) and the best post-PS, too (Sunflower). So good on them. I get that some people will just never love the BB's sound, but I do. That combo of Mike singing the verse and Brian's soaring falsetto on the chorus is just magic to my ears. Side one has lots of great BB party songs, but it's side two where things really come together and point the way towards Pet Sounds with his chords and arrangements. Those harmonies and jazz chords just do it for me. But I grew up listening to doo-wop music (because my parents did) and so the BB were just the logical extension of that. If you grew up listening to literally anything else, I can see why the BBs might seem dorky and old-fashioned. Of course, it wouldn't be a BB's album if it didn't have some duds (except Pet sounds). Help Me Rhonda isn't a dud per se, but I never want to hear it again (and the damn thing just keeps going an fading in and out, psyching me out every time). And then there's "Bull Sessions with Big Daddy." Oh, Brian. Why.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

I thought this was really good. I haven’t actually ever sat down and listened to a whole beach boys album but i’ve heard enough songs to know what they sound like. every time i hear it it does remind me of 50 first dates though

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

8/10

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

antidepressivo Favs: - help me, rhonda - she knows me too well

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

Dance and Depress

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Really liked it. Would be 4.5 stars if that was possible … not an all-time classic, but definitely on my list now to pick up for the collection

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

This is certainly not my favorite Beach Boys record, but it's got a lot of great songs on it. Adding more orchestral instruments definitely does a lot to make the Beach Boys' sound more interesting, and it did a lot to showcase what Brian Wilson could do as a songwriter 4/5

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

As a fan of the Beach Boys I very much enjoyed listening to this album and hearing a good number of songs I'd never heard before. It is interesting to consider as a transitional album away from their famed early teen pop sound towards Brian Wilson's more creative experiments.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

poppy nostalgic california beach vibes. some wistful, nostalgic road trip energy

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

This album bridges the Beach Boys' early and later stages. The first half is youthful and upbeat, while the second is slow, anxious, and contemplative, foreshadowing the loss of innocence depicted on Pet Sounds. Overall, the individual songs don't feel like the band's strongest, but the album shows Brian Wilson moving in a more introspective, experimental direction.

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Sat Nov 19 2022
4

When I listened to the first few songs, I was worried this album might be a bit boring. The second half of the album is pretty great though. The instrumentation really comes through in this half, and it does more interesting things. I liked everything on this second half. Also, it's insane that The Beach Boys were already on their eighth studio album by 1965, when their debut was only in 1962. My favourite songs were Please Let Me Wonder and She Knows Me Too Well.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

Solid Album! "Do You Wanna Dance" is probably a top 100 song of all time for me. I love the timpani- such an unexpected instrument to add in rock music, and it itself adds so much power to the song. "Help Me, Rhonda" slays. It's overall very good. Not the best Beach Boys record ever, but really solid.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

hey this isn't the one i like the beach boys pre-pet sounds are silly and fun, but there's still a musical complexity there to admire. the harmonies are crunchy, there's some cool experimentation in the instrumentals. it's still brian, and all those kids are still really talented! there's just something about those high, wailing harmonies that makes this stuff really click. even if it's cheesy-ass surf music, there's an effort and sincerity that makes this stuff stand the test of time. i know i'm biased, but i just fucking love the beach boys man. i really do. except for mike love. fuck mike love.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

Sometimes simple is better

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Mon Dec 05 2022
4

Surprisingly, the only song on this album I was already familiar with was Help Me, Ronda. I liked this album. It feels like the transition point for them that Rubber Soul was for The Beatles - their move toward more complex songs and more complex subject matter. 4 stars.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Not my favorite The Beach Boys album. I really like Pet Sounds, and you can hear some of its proto-sound in this album, but it is not super strong in hits and shows how tired Brian Wilson was before the genius Pet Sounds album the next year. Surely some decent songs, but if Pet Sounds is a 5, this is a 3 for sure.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Quite cheesy, and without the musical appeal of Pet Sounds. Not too bad, just a bit repetitive and corn-dog.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Some decent old tunes

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

I tried. I just hate this style of music. I’m completely unable to be objective. Giving it a 3 because I’m supposed to.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Fine. It's the Beach Boys. You know exactly what you're getting.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

Rock muy suave, melódico. Muchos coros. Un poco aburridito.

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Tue May 25 2021
3

\I think this is when the songwriting and arrangements got more Pet Soundsy, you can hear the roots of it

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

it's the Beach Boys: proto-pop some pretty good songs, and the others aren't totally lame -- I call that a win for 60's white-guy music! 3/5

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Sat Jun 19 2021
3

Schönes, gut zu hörendes Album. Aber für meinen Geschmack nicht kantig genug

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

It’s The Beach Boys. Every album sounds kind of the same, but still decent

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Too happy for my taste...beach boys remind me of being in high school at the principals office because they would always have oldies playing - 6/10, and that's being generous

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Familiar with the singles but not previously aware of the album. More immediately accessible than the 'masterpiece'. Preferred the less bouncy second side.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

Sounds just like every other beach boys song, don't really see what the hype is about here, they sound like a wannabe barbershop quartet

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

I think it's one of the better surf rock albums out there. I'm just not the biggest fan since it all sort of blends together after two songs. This album tends to avoid that by placing alternating between slower songs and faster songs, but some of them are quite alike. Overall though it was alright. Favorite track: Help Me, Rhonda

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Mood-lifting tunes for sure! Pretty indifferent but the surface-level happiness it evokes brings it to 3-star territory.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Day and night with beautiful harmonies Pet sounds before getting weird

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Fri Jul 23 2021
3

The Beach Boys are starting to grow up. Help Me, Rhonda is my favorite with Dance, Dance, Dance a second. 3.4/5.0

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Mon Jul 26 2021
3

77. Já estou farto de escrever sobre Deus e os Beach Boys. Serão uma e a mesma coisa? Tenho sempre as minhas dúvidas. Só um deles saberá. MotA: Do You Wanna Dance? "Do you wanna dance and hold my hand?"

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Beach Boysia olenkin kuunnellut jonkin verran viimeaikoina Lasse Kurjen Rakkaudesta-ohjelman innoittamana. Vaikka bändin tarina onkin todella kiinnostava ja jopa traaginen, ei musiikki ole kestänyt aikaa erityisen hyvin. Tästä levystä ei jäänyt oikein mitään käteen. Mukavia rallatteluja joista suuri osa oli jollain tavalla jo entuudestaan tuttuja, mutta ei todellakaan mitään joka oikeuttaisi bändin aseman jonkinlaisena aikansa klassikkona. Kenties uran myöhempien vaiheiden levyt (tai ainakin Pet Sounds) ovat ne merkittävimmät saavutukset. Taas yksi levy kategoriaan "ihan kiva mutta en tule tähän varmaan koskaan palaamaan".

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Tue Aug 03 2021
3

some bangers, some filler.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

Doesn't have any of the well known Beach Boys songs on it but still enjoyable. Look like a bunch of nerds on the cover.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

Some great stuff on here.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

sweet but samey

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

A foretaste of the feast to come. This album features the most obvious example of filler possible: the final song, which is basically just members of the band sitting around bullshitting about onions and French fries. "Help Me Rhonda" is one of my favorite Beach Boys songs, but the re-recorded version they released as a single is much better than the one here (and they even changed the punctuation on that one to "Help Me, Rhonda"). It's all fine. I wonder if giving it a 3 is being kind. The Beach Boys seem to get too much credit for moving away from writing songs about surfing. The album is pleasant enough, it's just not their NEXT album. I caught myself counting all the things that turned me off the album. That lesser version of Help Me Rhonda. The unnecessary exclamation point after Today in the album title. Mike Love. Murry Wilson. The fact that Murry doesn't have an "a" in his name like normal Murray's do. The fact that my impression of Murry Wilson is almost exclusively based on his portrayal in a horrible made for broadcast TV movie that Amazon Prime thinks I'd be interested in watching again. How I wish Glen Campbell would have been an official Beach Boy instead of Mike Love. Realizing the album's Wikipedia entry is too long. And are they wearing sweaters to tell the world they're done with surfing?But it was nice to hear Al Jardine and Dennis Wilson handle lead vocals on the three best songs on the album.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

Pet sounds is better

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

Tuesday haiku: They Beach boys are great fave of youth was “Help Me Rhonda” Good, but dated tunes ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

Hier, mon compere robinière et moi lancions une gigantesque opération de piratage sur le générateur, afin de créer une émulation autour du rendez-vous secret que nous avons fixé dans l'une de nos précédentes review. C'est alors que nous fîmes une horrible découverte: Robert, le créateur de la liste, l'omniscient Robert qui possède toutes les libertés, détiendrait MC Solaar en ôtage. Nous allons tenter de nous infiltrer au domicile de Robert pour en sasvoir un peu plus lors d'une prochaine review, en attendant restez à l'abri chers lecteurs.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
3

Not really a big Beach boys guy. I think it's cool ya know? But I have to be a very specific mood to really be into this. It's not bad though lol.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

Groovy) So lightweight music, I accidentally listened it twice a row.

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Sat Sep 11 2021
3

Sounds okay, but for me this music requires a certain mood to really appreciate it.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

Random chat at the end is shit. Rest of the album is good

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Fri Sep 24 2021
3

Great Beach Boys record. I've really come to appreciate them at this stage in my life and recognize them for their innovation and talent now where I loathed them growing up.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
3

classic, but not their best

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Tue Oct 05 2021
3

Good ol' fashioned BB. Nothing unexpected. However, their wiki page is fascinating.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Brilliant harmonies, unmistakable sound, with some very good songs, but it does all sound very similar

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Sun Oct 10 2021
3

Decent.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
3

Nice :)

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Sun Oct 10 2021
3

De va faktiskt igår 🙄

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Tue Oct 12 2021
3

This album was almost all new music for me. I am familiar with "Help Me, Ronda" and have heard other bands also do a cover of "Do You Wanna Dance?" The Beach Boys, for me, are a band that may have been better if I could have heard them in context. There is a certain innocence to much of the content of the music. The focus on the life of a teenager and young girlfriends in song after song keeps this album from being more than just okay. "Don't Hurt My Little Sister" just feels too weird for a repeat listen. I respect the talents of Brian Wilson and the rest of the Beach Boys, but I don't see myself listening to this whole album again.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
3

I don't think there's such a thing as a bad Beach Boys song, but this is an album that stocks to their formula with no risks and no innovation. There's nothing wrong with it, but there's also no reason to ever play it when Pet Sounds is right there.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

3.5... love the bb's...tho some pretty tame obviously early numbers on this. Rhonda, kiss me baby, she knows me, when I grow up...all ace

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

I am not an emotionless music robot. I cannot listen to this dispassionately and pretend that the Beach Boys does not trigger memories of the sort of dudes who love the Beach Boys. Because as soon as there's a falsetto harmony or the merest hint of Southern Californian sun, it's f-boy central. This album is ok and it seems like it was a turning point for the Boys, before they got all prog surf. It definitely gets better as the album progresses, sounding like the blueprint for Weezer. I also found the final track, a discussion of snacks and touring, to be the most enjoyable track.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
3

I will always listen to the Beach Boys and will always enjoy them. This isn't my favorite album of theirs, but is still good listening.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

yep thats the 60s alright

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

Beach boys but not their best

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

The Beach Boys have a unique sound in or out of surf rock. On the front half of Today!, the production and vocal harmonies dominate. On the back, it's about more interesting song structures. The group doesn't quite hit their stride on this one - or doesn't integrate the two halves - but it's still great pop listening.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

It's alright, definitely a product of its time. Favorite track is Please Let Me Wonder

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Tue Nov 16 2021
3

Some enjoyable songs, but not my cup of tea.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Not the best of the b boys

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Tue Nov 23 2021
3

The best of this album IMO: - Good To My Baby - She Knows Me Too Well Repetitive. But catchy. The mixing sounds inconsistent in some tunes. 2.9/5

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