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The Beach Boys Today!

The Beach Boys

1965

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The Beach Boys Today!

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

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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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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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Fun!

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

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I don't get the Beach Boys...

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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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good

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5

Their first great album.

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Very Good

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Sencillo, práctico, genial.

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America’s Beatles

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5/5. 😤 heat

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

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It’s not Pet Sounds but still awesome.

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Casi 5

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

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

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Love me some Beach Boys!

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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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Nice

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Gotta love the beach boys

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Good

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

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

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

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Made me want a milkshake.

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

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Ace, early doo-wop rock n roll.

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

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Rock viejuno. Ningún megahit.

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

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

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

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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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beach boys allways good

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

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

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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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Not their best, but still good.

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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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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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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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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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5 stars if pet sounds didn't exist

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Poppy, easy listening

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Позитивный :)

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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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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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Gee golly, sure was swell

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3.75

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

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not a concept album but still good.

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

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

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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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dig it

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

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

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

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I love harmonies. The end.

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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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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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Some fun tunes but. 7/10

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

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Some decent old tunes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Day and night with beautiful harmonies Pet sounds before getting weird

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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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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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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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some bangers, some filler.

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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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Some great stuff on here.

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sweet but samey

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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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Pet sounds is better

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

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

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

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

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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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classic, but not their best

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

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

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Decent.

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Nice :)

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De va faktiskt igår 🙄

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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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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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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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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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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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yep thats the 60s alright

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Beach boys but not their best

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

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Some enjoyable songs, but not my cup of tea.

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Not the best of the b boys

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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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Extremely NICE.

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A little hit and miss for me on this one. Really liked "In the Back of My Mind," which I don't think I'd ever heard before. But seemingly lots of songs about being young and being in love and wanting to get married blah blah blah. "Do You Wanna Dance?" is a banger, but I could cull a good handful of tunes from the middle of the album and probably be happier with the overall listen.

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This is the Beach Boys so there are amazing pop songs with flawless harmonising on here. It's just that as with most Beach Boys releases it is just a collection of songs instead of a proper album. I like it but compared to Pet Sounds it overall lacks something

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rockig beat

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Nice Beach boys sound, chilled but without the stand out songs of pet sounds

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Nice to hear some more beach boys

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dat is niet hun beste imo

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Okei, onhan se ihan hyvää se Beach Boys. Mukavan lyhyt levy myös, ei tauhkaa. 3/5

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Aika beatlesmäinen Beach Boys, paitsi isommalla soundilla. Salee paras Pet Soundsin jälkeen, mitä heiltä kuullu.

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Je l'ai plus apprécié que Pet Sounds, mais ça reste un son que je trouve monotone.

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Jesus - these guys come at you turned up to 10 from the first second. It's a little unsettling, to be honest. You hit play and, \"DO YOU WANT TO DANCE AND HOLD MY HAND?\" Like get to know me first - come on! When I Grow Up to Be a Man is a good song, possibly a sign of what's to come with Pet Sounds, but overall, this is not really that special to me. The only thing I can say, is that like my colleague says, the sound of the Beach Boys is unmistakable, and that is something. So for that, I'll give them a 3/5 Seriously though, I am not a Beach Boys fan. I understand they were the American innovators during the Beatles dominance. But they are not the Beatles. They are also, not boys anymore. In 1965 they were like 25. I do think God Only Knows (on their next album) is one of the greatest songs of all time, but just because they stopped singing about cars and surfing doesn't mean they have evolved. This thing is fine - but if Pet Sounds makes this list (which I am sure it does), then this one has no place really. When I Grow Up to Be a Man is the only song that really sounds like they're on to something, which I think speaks to their evolution to Pet Sounds. That being said, this album is not really that special to me. I do have to admit that like my colleague said, the Beach Boys have a sound that is unmistakable, and that I suppose is something, so for that 3/5

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Actually enjoyed this thought it was gonna be oldie stuff

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Ah, Brian.

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Oh, more Beach Boys. Maybe you just had to be there. Is part of the problem that this sounds more like a 1950s album than something that came out in the same year as Rubber Soul, Help, Highway 61 Revisited, the first Who album, and A Love Supreme. Or is it the portrayal of all-American wholesomeness that permeates throughout that's just hard to take. Sure, nice harmonies, as you'd expect but it just sounds so old fashion and out of place.

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3 STARS

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Not their best work, but still better than most other bands can do!

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It's no Pet Sounds. Give Brian some drugs lads

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It's fine, but it's no Pet Sounds...

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decent scran

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The Beach Boys coasted a hobby into a huge musical career- while not my favourite genre, I appreciate the songwriting and harmonies

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Legalzinho. Melhor música: dance, dance, dance

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Deeper vocals and less reliance on doo-whop harmony means this one stands out from the typical Beach Boy LP output. A bit of bite from the slightly overdriven guitars gives the whole production a bit of edge as well.

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relaxing.

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It's got some good songs but just one hit....Help Me Rhonda. Not their best but still has some good songs worthy of attention. 3.5 🌟

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The vocal arrangements and melodies on this album are really pleasant. Production is really good too. The songwriting isn't that great though and it gets boring despite it being less than 30 minutes. First song is definitely a highlight. Also Bull Session is really weird but I enjoyed it for some reason?

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This one grew on me. There's some beautiful harmonies here, particularly I liked the songs 'Please let me wonder' and 'she knows me too well'. This album is split into two parts, with the A-side taking up more upbeat songs, and the B side more intimate ballads. I found that the B side was more interesting than the A side. The instrumentation here is mostly run-of-the-mill, it's the sublime harmonies which provide the main draw. Overall I'd give the album 3-3.5 stars. 3.5 stars for the B side and 2.5 for the A side

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First time I listened to an album by the Beach Boys and probably the last time (depends solely on if there's another one on this list). The first half of the album is 2 stars. Completely forgettable, badly aged pop rock with bad singing. The second half is more interesting and merits 3.5 stars. I could have done without the last track though.

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I really like the Beach Boys, but this one is not an essential for me.

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Cute teenage harmonies.

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Bueno

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The US' version of the Beatles - all pop, no flop. Today! is The Beach Boys transitional album, they're growing up here and moving on to what will become Pet Sounds. But to get there, Brian Wilson needs to do his Brian Wilson thing. Paired with Phil Spector's Wall of Sound this album while flat in hits is a good heritage slice of The Beach Boys cake. 3.5/5

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Ihan ok rallattelua ja sopivan lyhyt että jakso kantaa mielenkiinnolla loppuun asti. Kolmonen yläkanttiin.

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Pretty fun, but not the most innovative thing the Beach Boys will do. Hard to see why this is also on the list when there are significantly better albums from them

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Not one of their best efforts. Is OK, but really not worth playing. C+

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Sweet and dreamy and one can hear the the progress toward the high art of Pet Sounds. Still this is lighter and not fully cooked, especially side 1. Side 2 is demonstrably better and more interesting, reflecting that eternal dividing line of knowledge/appreciation re the Beach Boys (those who know only surfing/cars vs those who get, or are at least open to the idea of, Brian’s genius [it’s worth noting that endless reunion tours don’t help the latter’s cause]). Of the hits, I’ve always had a soft spot re “Help Me Ronda” but the dancing songs are too bubble-gummy. “Kiss Me,” “She Knows Me” and “I’m So Young” point forward. Good Beach-y fun, but relatively insubstantial in the shadow of what was to come. 3.5 for 3. [The author’s comments that this is better than Pet Sounds is mere trolling/provocation – it’s not close. The unspecified claim about “the worst track in the entire book” intrigues but doesn’t land – plus, just tell us the damn thing instead of more trolling.]

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Short and sweet-ish. Strong first side, then fades into a few ballads, and finishes poorly, with a dodgy song, In the back of my mind, and what in earth is that outtake at the end?? Plus couldn’t Brian Wilson write an ending? Nearly every song fades suddenly!

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Not my jam

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Not bad, pretty one note tho

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Nice little album of it's era, not that I know many of the tunes off this one.

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this is crazy. 8th album and the youngest of the band was still a teenager. Wow. This is pretty cool how orchestral this is vs. the teen pop of their previous hits. You really hear that Phil Specter wall of sound going on. Good album. Still doesn't get a great rating as I'm not in love with the genre but nice to listen to and learn some history of the Beach Boys at the same time.

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As Beach Boys albums go this isn’t at the top of my list. Seems somewhere between the classic Surf Rock and whatever Pet Sounds is and doesn’t for me capture the best of either. Which isn’t to say it isn’t good.

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It's not a difficult listen, but it's also not Pet Sounds.

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Hart erarbeitete Oberflächlichkeit bleibt trotzdem eine solche, bisschenn Sommerhitchsrme

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doesn't look like their popular songs are on this album. this list is allergic to hits. look at the song lengths though they were ahead of their time. initial reaction: oh i can't do this. i will power through though it's just 28 minutes long. there might be one good song, you never know. and it will be worth it for that. sounds pretty stupid so far lol. 'dance, dance, dance' is not awful. 'please let me wonder' is okay and so is 'i'm so young', i suppose their chill songs are okay, its some of the upbeat ones that got on my nerves kinda. dumb lyrics in all of them though lol. i cant say i liked this but hey the second half of the album was passable.

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Meh.

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bland schlep that's aged terribly if it was ever good to begin with. At least it's usually boring and inoffensive enough to be forgotten quickly. Pop has gotten so much better since this.

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Bit boring

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Didn't pay much attention, but I think it wasn't that bad.

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Levy pyörähti käyntiin Hurriganes-coverilla. Se olikin levyn kohokohta ja loppu olikin aika mitäänsanomatonta lurittelua. Jännä että 28min55s mittaisen levyn loppuun on pistetty vielä 2min13s jutusteluraita. Eikö kehdattu tehdä lyhyempää levyä ja biisit olivat jo loppuneet kesken?

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2 1/2

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Pleasant I suppose. Fun fact: Robert Plant's favourite tune from this album is 'Good to my Baby. He also LOVES 'Kiss me, Baby'. Huge, huge fan of babies is Bobby.

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That sure was a beach boys album. Far too cheerful for me at the moment lol

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I like me the occasional Beach Boys song, but frankly, this album is boring

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Not my favorite Beach Boys album. Their harmonies are of course the thing they are known for, but here it gets quickly tiresome. Feels pretty generic to me, not as fun as their other songs.

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bit too twee for me

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I've long argued with my dad regarding the Beach Boys, but only the basis of their hits. I thought I would give them a proper chance with a whole album... nope. I find it quite simplistic, especially the lyrics. +1 star having a very recognisable sound and great harmonies.

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Not a huge fan already and this is lacking some of the energy and firepower of their standard hits. Nothing much special to me about this selection. Help me Rhonda?

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Boring

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I don't really get The Beach Boys 2.5

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God that was dull

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Mike Love is a huge jerk, so it's hard to listen to the Beach Boys without that coming to mind.

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A tight listen.

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Have never understood the great fuss about the Beach Boys, and there is certainly no comparison with 'The Beatles'

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Inoffensive pop, nothing special though by today's standards in my opinion.

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An enjoyable listen but not something I'll be returning back to much. Beach Boys are really a singles band for me, front to back albums are not that interesting.

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The Beach Boys can get boring very quickly, can’t relate to this one very much

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Nem zavart, csak simán érdektelen, volt hogy elfelejtettem hogy szól. Ez az acapella hatású éneklés viszont nagyon nem élvezhető számomra. Az énekhang is nagyon zavaró volt néha, mintha nem találná a hangot, vagy pont a legidegesítőbbet keresné. Maga a pengetős surfer alapok ének nélkül jó hangulatfestő zene lehetne.

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Reconozco y sé que este es uno de los mejores albums de la historia... pero esta muy Mehh

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So help me God, but this sucks. Aged like a haddock down the back of a radiator. Aged like fine milk.

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2: the number of albums I've had in a row from 1965! 2: the number of albums that sound the same in as many days 2: the number of lyrical themes on this (love, incest) 2: the number I give this out of 5.

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A fine album.

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It is what it is.. Not bad but I don't think I'd want to listen to it often

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ehm niet zo mijn ding. legendary status though.

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Lo mejor de este disco es el último corte en el que salen ellos hablando; y ni siquiera eso es interesante. Alguna canción se deja escuchar.

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Weak. 2/5

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i got bored :(

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Hmm, ehkä 65 tämmöset rakkaus-rockbiisit oli vielä uus juttu mutta vaikea kyllä nähdä tätä erityisen mullistavana. Tuntuu vaan perus beach boysilta ilman surffaus-meemeilyä. Ehkä Beatlesin asettama korkee rima vääristää.

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Bubble gum pop with just a hint of rock 'n' roll creeping in. Would have been interesting if more drugs were involved.

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actually bs not catjam at all

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Classic 60s rock style, but not for me. Nothing that I really disliked, but not much that I really liked either...

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Not good, not bad

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Muito chato e meio machista kkk

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Like, I get it. Beach Boys are iconic, but wow do I really not like this album, lol. I'd give Pet Sounds more pedigree due to its mixing/production in the age it was in, but if I'm honest this is a 2 on enjoyment. Vocally Beach Boys annoy me.

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Not a fan! It's too, I dunno, cheery for me? Which sounds more emo than I intend haha

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Sounds like a second rate REO Speedwagon tribute band trying to be the beach boys

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beach boys

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The album doesn't really have a strong theme or direction. The songs sound similar and follow a formula. I also can't help but feel these guys are so incredibly uncool, a bunch of prep school guys.

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Ei mitään erikoista. Perus BB

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I find the Beach Boys very bland - they are just not my thing

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Meh 🫤

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Production and sound quality is not great on this album. Does the closing track make it a concept record, if so they should go back to singing about cars and surfing. Cover art 2/5 lame

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BORING! Having had Pet Sounds a couple of picks ago, this one was so much less interesting (despite being just a year earlier). Saccharine pop, very twee, nothing really to recommend it at all, and the lyrics are so bland. Scrapes a 2.

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No

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It's a Beach Boys album, so you know what it's gonna sound like. Why this album though? There isn't even a stand out track. It feels like a collection of b-sides.

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There wasn't much to like about this one. Every song sounded the same and the singing wasn't even that good. It got very boring fast.

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De weba

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This was horrible, the only thing that ran though my mind was the question "is Brian Wilson a pevert" creepy lyrics and a clunky sound. Used to love the beach boys but now they feel more like the peeping Tom's!

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Boring!

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boring

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just way too much serotonin

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