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Pet Sounds

The Beach Boys

1966

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Pet Sounds

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3.88

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5

I hear (and see) Pet Sounds as a pure Masterpiece. It is my belief that it has some of the best music the band ever created...lovely, catchy, and experimental. The Beach Boys were in major transition and Brian Wilson was insisting on pushing the envelope in writing and instrumentation. Some of the sounds on the record are quite raw and wild, and while the rest of the band wasn't feeling it, Wilson's mental health imbalances and his creative genius combined were strong contributors to making sure this piece of art was recorded as it was. I am so grateful that I was able to take my mom to Milwaukee to see Brian Wilson and his band (including original member, Al Jardine) perform Pet Sounds in its entirety a few years back. We were overjoyed. We were choked up often. The album live was gorgeous! The second half of the show was a long line of Beach Boys hits written by Brian. We sang along and smiled at each other often. I'll never forget it. Only a few years prior, I witnessed the entire band perform at Bonnaroo. The crowd was nuts and hundreds of massive beach balls were flying overhead. This was a time that the ego of Mike Love and mental health of Brian Wilson were able to merge for a reunion tour. Wouldn't It Be Nice to experience a music festival again and the Beach Boys again soon! **important to note that Love & Mercy with Paul Dano & John Cusack (each taking on two stages of Wilson's life) is a stellar representation of the highs & lows of the Beach Boys and Wilson.

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I first listened to this album a few years ago, and remember not liking it. When this album came up on this list, as I knew it would, I hoped that with my expectations lowered it would be an improvement for me. It wasn’t. The album was full of midtempo tracks that were neither particularly rocking or particularly chill. I don’t like Brian Wilson’s voice when he sings with more drawn out notes. The reputation of this album proceeded it, but it just wasn’t for me. My personal enjoyment: 1.5/5 Did it belong on this list: 5/5

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5

One of the most exquisitely beautiful albums you could ever hope to hear. Also a very brave and heartfelt album, leaping head first into uncharted territory beyond genres. Nothing else sounds like this. In my ideal alternate universe this would have caught on more commercially and the Beach Boys would have continued more in this vein. I absolutely adore Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys. This was one of the first CDs I ever owned. I drove down to Iowa to see him perform the album in it's entirety in 2017 and hearing God Only Knows in person was one of the most powerful musical experiences of my life. I always come back to this one and I always will. Transcendent. Hors categorie.

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5

Imagine making this masterpiece and later having people scream “Kokomo!” at you at every single show you play for forty years straight until you die, when you then have people scream “Kokomo!” at you in the afterlife for all eternity. Sometimes I get very sad.

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5

Technically, this might be the best pop record ever made. An absolute masterpiece that is completely enjoyable on multiple levels.

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5

It is impossible to rate this album below perfection. This is arguably the best album of all time in rock and roll history. It as yet to be bettered today, decades later. It achieved more with less given limited yet innovative technologies at the time. Must be listened to start to finish.

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Perfect harmonies, lush production, and super complex layers, still sounding relevant and contemporary

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5

Out of over a thousand possiblities I get an album I've already listened to, hahah Pet Sounds is great but I slightly prefer The Beach Boys Today Post-listen again: OK PET SOUNDS IS A FUCKING MASTERPIECE I TAKE IT BACK

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9.7/10

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5

A departure from everything I thought the Beach Boys were. This is neither beach music or boys music. It is a combination of pop/jazz with a ton of orchestral music woven in. It showcases why Brian Wilson is considered to be one of the greatest songwriters in history. The music couldn't be more solid. Each of the songs instrumentals is carefully crafted and even some of the odder sounds feel like they fully belong. The lyrics are more mature and even though experimental it still has a fantastic flow and rhythm to it. I never thought I would love a beach boys album as much as I did this one and I feel a little upset at myself having obviously never given them a fair listen. The only issue I have with this album is the songs are too short, I always wanted more and with this the fade outs(while the singing was still going on) were not to mu liking. But the harmony of this album far out weighs and gripes I may have.

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Genre: Baroque Pop 5/5 Ah, Pet Sounds. One of those truly ubiquitous albums that continues to stand the test of time. It's a true pop masterpiece, an album where each song has the tender love and care that most producers and songwriters at the time would put towards just one or two singles. Along with the efforts of The Beatles, The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds is another example of how radically music was changing and growing at the time, and how the competition didn't come from the record companies (though they profited mightily), but from the songwriters themselves. Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney were trading pop masterpieces like boxers trade uppercuts. Pet Sounds, however, certainly does sound and feel its age. It's truly all so classic, from Wouldn't It Be Nice to God Only Knows to every beautiful nugget in between, but I'm sure this album does little to the impatient listener nowadays. The Wall-of-Sound style reverb, and the classical and baroque influences throughout I'm sure turn off some younger listeners nowadays, and the mystique of this album may die with the times. But Brian Wilson here is methodically walking us through his feelings garden, and it's quite the emotional journey, with each track leaving an impression throughout the length of the album. Sloop John B, Don't Talk, That's Not Me, they're all here and they're all songs that would be other band's best song ever. I think even if this album doesn't hit you as hard as it hits others, which isn't usually the case, it still serves as a monolith of the times. A pop project that set the bar quite high for the rest of time.

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I have mixed feelings about this album. Every time I have listened to it before was after reading a review that made me think I was gonna see god after listening to this. So this time I went in thinking I was going to hate it like I had every other time. It was actually pretty good, instrumentation was layered and interesting though the vocals still feel trapped in 1950s shtick. Overall I think this album is more historically significant as one of the first concept albums than some sort of sonic masterpiece.

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I may be committing a spot of heresy here but this is...a bit shit? The songs tend to drag, the production and orchestration feel creaky and I really struggle with the drippy, lugubrious vocals. I am to understand that this is an enduring work of genius, but one or two tracks aside I'm not getting any juice out of this lemon. The soupy sounds of a bunch of wet lads, criminally overrated all told.

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The album is Brian Wilson in a nutshell: Disconnected and contained all at once; Insecure lyrics, mature music; Ambitious and more than a little bonkers.

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5

One of the most praised albums of all time. The Beach Boys have never been and never will be my favorite, but this is a great album, end of story. Best track: God Only Knows

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5

CLASSIC AF, and really brings out the psychedelic side of the Beach Boys, which of often overlooked for the more beachy tunes. And the hits are always fun to hear again.

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5

What an incredible album. From wouldn’t it be nice to Caroline no, you will be entrenched in the heavenly harmonies. I’ve noticed with this listen the “story” of this album, where from wouldn’t it be nice is a simple song of young love. This concept is introduced there and is expanded upon in the first side. By sloop John b, the relationship is more fragile and not as tight, perhaps because of the age of the characters. God only knows continues this. Listening to the song on its own appears to be a love song asserting ones love. In the concept of the album it is the first song where the love falls apart. God only knows goes from certainty of love to uncertainty based on context. Throughout the second side, the protagonist deals with the love failing and a breakup. Specifically here today exhibits the ex lover finding a new partner. I just wasn’t made for these times is a depressive state following that. The title track “pet sounds” is an instrumental break that lets us breath in from the journey so far. Finally Caroline no, shows us what happens when the two lovers reconnect and the spark can’t be reignited, concluding with the sound of a train and a dog barking. I don’t understand the albums final notes of train and dogs. But I ADIRE THIS ALBUM. It truly is one of the greatest of all time.

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9

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Fun, creative lyrics that will always make you feel 19 again. Great weekend or car trip listen.

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Some outstanding tracks. God Only Knows, wouldn’t it be Nice, Sloop John B. Top 10 best album of all time in my opinion.

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I've listened to this album many, many times over my lifetime because it's my dad's favorite. And for good reason.

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Great album — love The Beach Boys and this album is what sparked the new-age indie/alt.

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One of the greatest albums of all time.

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Excellent

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C’mon you think I haven’t heard this shit before? It’s one of the best albums ever! I’ll listen to it again though I guess

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Classic

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A classic

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wouldn't it be nice is a classic. one of those songs that never fails to lift your spirits. that's not me is so nice i never really listened to it. this album is so joyful. my heart is floating.

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Okay, I’m really excited about this one because I really like the Beach Boys! And I already know some of these songs. And it didn’t disappoint. Some of the songs weren’t as good as others, but it was pretty good as a whole.

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5

Thank you, Brian Wilson.

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Trop bon!

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This is one of my all time favorite albums. I love it.

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good as always

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Possibly the best album ever made

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Great, I LOVE all songs

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This is a great album that I already know before. It has some of the most important songs in the whole world. Impossible to give it less than 5 stars

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One of the best albums ever.

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A masterpiece

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5

An all-time classic I'd never listened to before. It lived up to it's billing - a beautiful, tender and melancholic record, and quite far removed from the Beach Boy's west coast pop (which is also great). Both sides start and finish with classics and the songs in between help this album to read very much of a consistent piece. A pretty much perfect record. 5/5.

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The GOAT

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Una maravilla.

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5

Lovely, one of, if not the greatest pop albums ever. Deep, rich recording. Love the horns and diverse sounds across this album

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5

Love listening to this album. God Only knows brings back a lot of nostalgic memories for me.

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already listened

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5

Interesting to listen to the full album. Sad, haunting, beautiful. Clear influences to Wilco & some Pink Floyd 40-50 years earlier.

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5

sonic bliss!

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Classic

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Eins der goat Alben

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The Beach Boys' finest effort and one of the greatest albums of all time. 9.4/10 Best Tracks: "Wouldn't It Be Nice" "I'm Waiting for the Day" "Sloop John B" "God Only Knows"

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5

Classic songs that flow together for a great listen

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I mean, come on. So good

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Already in the mix

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5

One of the best albums. There's little better than the Beach Boys at their best, and this album is definitely a great one.

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5

Always been a favorite. Every time I listen to it I find something new to love.

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God Only Knows

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A great classic.

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5

Talented voices and some interesting drums.

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5

It's been said before, but.... Genius!

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So good!

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5

I studied this album as part of my college degree, it's that big of a deal. Even so, I wasn't prepared to give it a 5 start review. But, as I listened, I realized that this really is a milestone album in the history of recording. So many of these songs are OBJECTIVELY great songwriting and (despite Brian Wilson's penchant for lazy fade-out endings) the production really is astounding. Wilson truly was a mad genius and his capacity for brilliance is on full display here.

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5

Superb classic album.

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Obviously Beach Boys best. A musical inspiration for that period. Variety, a great album. Brian Wilson a genius.

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I listened practically on repeat the entire day. Love it.

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I had always heard how "genius" this album was so I was going in with high expectations. This was not at all what I was expecting, but in a great way. I have heard the greatest hits of TBBs countless times as a kid and have seen them live a long time ago, but this was so far from that sound. Surf rock, pop, and an orchestra so amazingly mixed together. Makes me think a bit of Metallica's S&M somewhat. Great album. Needs a couple relistens

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A true classic. The harmonies, Wilson is a genius. Nothing more to be said.

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WOW. I love this album. I'd put this in my Top 5 all time for sure. Stunningly beautiful melodies, soaring rich harmonies, insane instrumentation, and poetic lyrics. A classic.

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Them harmonies. The brilliant studio work. Very pure

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Need I say more? One of the most important albums of the 60s indeed of the rock era. 5 stars

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I mean...it's Pet Sounds. Not much to say really. Brian Wilson is a genius. This album is brilliant. You probably already knew that.

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Poppy, moody, fun, dense. A great album.

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Legendary

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Need no introduction to this one. My all time favorite. There are goats on the front because it is the GOAT. Brian Wilson did something unprecedented with this album, and few have been able to imitate the results he achieved here.

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5

Still mesmerising, seminal, the start of many wonderful things.

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nice

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5

Absolutely amazing album. The father indie albums. Beautiful lyricism and vocals that make me feel them. Super soothing and fun.

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5

Perfection. Soo good.

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A great piece of work

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Engir Bítlar, en þetta er samt æðisleg plata.

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First listened to this years ago and never quite got it. Revisited recently and it's probably an all time top 5 album. Best tracks 1. I'm Waiting For The Day 2. God Only Knows 3. I Know There's An Answer Wouldn't It Be Nice 10/10 You Still Believe In Me 10/10 That's Not Me 10/10 Don't Talk 9/10 I'm Waiting For The Day 11/10 Let's Go Away 10/10 Sloop John B 10/10 God Only Knows 11/10 I know There's 10/10 Here Today 10/10 I Just Wasn't Made 10/10 Pet Sounds 9/10 Carolone No 10/10

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Questlove had it right. This thing transcended music. It’s like Brian Wilson had a secret time machine.

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Concept album

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5/5

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what an album! listened to it years back as it comes up on loads of "best album ever" rankings but didn't really get the fuss, glad this came up for another round today as I loved it

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Who knew the surf pop dudes could write an album of such exquisite beauty? Pet Sounds is one of the greatest works of art of the twentieth century. Fragile, delicate, poetic, with perfect arrangements and haunting tunes, this album stands alongside the compositions and musical innovations of The Beatles. A transformative album, to take you from where you are to another place and time. The delicate beauty of God Only Knows is a fine love / love lorn song and tracks like Wouldn’t It Be Nice and Sloop John B have a playful enjoyable energy to them. A five star classic and an album which will be remembered and revere in centuries to come.

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5

I mean Pets Sounds is one of the greatest albums of time...did as much or more to change music than the Beatles accomplished at the same time

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5

A great pop album here. Always feels like it goes by really quick. The songs are enjoyable but also aren’t just poppy nonsense. The Beach Boys best album without a doubt. 9.3/10

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5

Went for the stereo version. So many good songs it's hard to pick a highlight. Beautiful, genre-bending music that was way ahead of its time but also nostalgic.

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5

This is not an easy album to love. The melodies are not standard pop fare, they are complex and the hooks are while their are present but require repeated listens to make their way into your brain. This is not Sgt. Pepper, with its easily hummable melodies and easy hooks. It's a great album but it requires time before it's greatness is revealed. It did at least for me. 5 🌟

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I mean really

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Near perfect album.

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One of the best albums of its era

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Wonderful way to start.

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Great album. First time playing all the way through. Perfect for a cold Winter work morning.

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5

A classic. So instrumental in changing rock music through the magic of production. Amazing.

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Top notch

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5/5. God-tier

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A peerless 60s classic, full of sweeping harmonies, one of the finest pop records ever made…

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I've heard Pet Shop Boys before. It's difficult not to feel a warmth in your heart with most of their songs. It's really a soung that represents the turning of the 60's, mostly in America... A piece of musical history, in my opinion. - An issue I've been having with 1001 is that there are only English-speaking bands and singers. I didn't check for this info but it seems that they're mostly American as well... Anyway, it's been a fun experience so far!

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I've Finished Typing Two Chapters On Pc, Ktebt 5 Saf7at Fy 3l Bouheli Mte3 Dostoevsky. Getting Better.

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5

I listened to this one recently, so I don't even need to listen to it again to know how great it is. Such a wonderful album! Nothing I say would do it justice.

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Introduces young kids to a wide range of animals from eight different habitats or groups. Hear the sounds they make and learn a few fun facts about each animal. There are some memory-recall and musical-exploration games, as well as a collection of offscreen activities to do as a family.

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Wouldn't it be nice? Brian Wilson’s evolutionary compositional masterpiece, eh? Painstakingly put together in an effort to outdo The Beatles, this album was certainly ahead of the curve in terms of production. Some of the lyrics are a bit shit, but I guess that's what you got at the time. Dennis Wilson should have hung out with Charles Manson a bit more for some darker themes.

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Nightmares are the best part of my day. Most Wednesdays I wake up screaming like a methed up marmot who's just stubbed its toe. I sound like Kerry Katona coughing up a parrot. Then there's usually a vacuum of deafening silence before my foreskin deflates and produces not only the most foul stench imaginable, but the sound of an injured ghost of a crocodile, trying to claw itself back into a different realm. Peter Pan, Peter Pan, Peter Pan.

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The best album of 1966 and a contender for best album of the 60s outright. Brian Wilson took a break from touring after a panic attack and decided that he wanted to take the Beach Boys' sound in a more experimental and introspective direction. He built upon Phil Spector's 'wall of sound' with his own unique orchestrations and ended up with one of the lushest and best produced albums of all time. Here Wilson is at his creative apex both melodically and harmonically. The tone of the album is melancholic and full of longing. The melodies are acrobatic and delicate, and the harmonies are full of depth.

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Un de les primera clares obres mestres del pop. Incentivat pels Beatles, Brian Wilson decideix explorar les possibilitats del génere en una simfonia de melodies, sons diversos, explosió d'il.luminació i creativitat i un conjunt de cançons difícilment superable

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Combining Brian's drive to create something that would outdo Spector, and challenged by the recent works by the Beatles, he took the same approach to creating music as they did, get off the road and use the studio to create and explore. The resulting Pet Sounds is an album of sheer beauty. Every sound, every harmony, and every noise (bicycle bell or dog barking) matters and is as important to this piece of work, as are the range of musical styles. From the innocence of young love, Wouldn't it Be Nice" to the heartbreaking Caroline No this album represents a man at his musical peak and just like the Wrecking Crew were able to put down what Brian was hearing in his head the Beach Boys were able to put down the complex vocals harmonies coming from that same place. The songs came together beautifully. A pure pop symphony. Really hard to pick a favorite but I will go with; Wouldn't It Be Nice, God Only Knows, Caroline No, I Just Wasn't Made for These Times. 5 out of 5.

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5

Best Beach Boys album. A must have in your vinyl collection. Appreciate the master as it is much more enjoyable in stereo than mono. Brian Wilson Opus with out a doubt. The work that went into PET SOUNDS and amount of studio musicians performing makes this ear cotton candy. It also has the best collection songs of any of their albums. It definitely moves away from what made them popular with that surfer sound, but that needed to be done.

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5

There's a reason this album is as highly regarded as it is. Super well constructed and hugely influential.

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It’s tricky, because I can’t go to a Pre-Pet Sounds time and appreciate how important this album is. I love it, and I love the Beach Boys but I generally come away from listening to the full album slightly underwhelmed. In my opinion, there’s 4 or 5 great songs, but an equal amount of forgettable songs, which is kind of lame considering Wilson set out to make the first all killer no filler record. It’s an easy 5 stars, one of the best of all time, but it’s not quite as breathtakingly spectacular as the hype would lead us to believe.

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Christ, I could sing most of this album and the harmony lines without even putting it on. I spent a lot of my time arguing that the Beach Boys were better than the Beatles, and this was very much the exhibit A of my argument. On here, it may just be true. Every track contains more emotion than the entirety of other classic albums, and it touches my actual soul when I hear it. Joy.

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‘I’m Waiting For the Day’ has a solid drum beat Now I want the vinyl of it The songs are all really good

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After watching the movie Love and Mercy, I have full appreciation for this album.

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n tem o q fazer

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4.5

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The melodies on this thing are amazing. Layers of sound. Harmonics. God only knows is obviously fantastic but all the songs except maybe John Sloop B hit. Love the melancholic mood that fills this album.

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This was probably my most anticipated album when I began this project, so I'm stoked to have finally gotten it. It's such a innovative album with a fantastic mix of heartbreak and positivity, all wrapped up in the unique Beach Boys' sound. Will definitely have it on repeat for a while. 10/10

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Excellent.

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The most celebrated album ever? Pet Sounds has cemented itself to the top ten of countless lists concerning the greatest albums ever, although curiously it's absent from this site's top 15. Anyway, such a position should neither extol nor sully the album in the ears of the listener, as the predictability of such lists indicates how meaningless they are. For instance, Citizen Kane has its reservation at the toppermost of film polls, and the first-time viewer usually concludes that it's actually, properly, seriously good, but the same lists that hold Pet Sounds aloft usually have the ridiculous phenomenon of 4 Beatles albums in the top ten albums of all time (I have recently concluded that the Beatles were primarily a singles band, and none of their albums display the Fabs at their fabbest). Happily, Pet Sounds falls into the Citizen Kane category. This is not to say that I consider Pet Sounds the GOAT; I don't. But I can't deny this album's magnificence. The genesis of Pet Sounds has been exhaustively documented: the Beach Boys began as the means for the autocratic, abusive minor songwriter Murry Wilson to attain stardom vicariously through a singing troop comprising his sons and nephews. However, one of those sons was the sensitive musical prodigy Brian Wilson, who broke from Murry to craft a more personal, emotional pop music inspired more by Phil Spector's Wall of Sound than the goodtime surf-music stipulated by the formula Murry conceived (then championed by everyone's one-despised Beach Boy Mike Love). With the British Invasion, and specifically Rubber Soul, Brian Wilson felt an overriding, and ultimately unhealthy, ambition to surpass the Beatles' sonic achievements (with hindsight, is Rubber Soul actually that good? Isn't it just an average, acceptable collection of songs? But then, do I know more about music than Brian Wilson?) One oddity of Pet Sounds is that it was released in 1966, during a time when the hippy movement was becoming established. Indeed, nascent psychedelic rockers such as the Doors, Love and Jefferson Airplane took Rubber Soul as a thrown-down gauntlet to reconnoitre into the beyond. Pet Sounds has none of this, focusing on producing the most impeccable soundscape. Along with this, Pet Sounds doesn't seek to investigate the more R-rated themes that had begun to interest rock. Rather, Pet Sounds is adolescent, almost childlike in its innocence and honesty. The opener, Wouldn't It Be Nice, is an almost-chaste yearning for the fireworks of romance the young assume are permanent with true love (maturity bestows the not-always-welcome realisation that romance and love are far more complicated, but the desire for love so intense never leaves you regardless of age). I Know There's An Answer (inspired by Brian's first experience with LSD) manifests that teenage sense of having everything figured out and nothing figured out, of recognising the phonies and not knowing whether to hug them or run away with a deafmute girl (baseball cap-clad douchebag Mike Love objected that the song was immoral to his square sensibilities, then later sued Brian for a songwriting credit). I could go through almost every song dissecting its guileless charm, but let's change focus to the flow of the album. It starts off exuberantly, and the first half maintains this joy, yet side 2 is far bleaker, far more introspective and self-doubting. Of course, this is still firmly adolescent, and instead of souring the album elevates it, articulating the alienation and despair that period of one's life attends. The album ends with Caroline, No, a heartbreaking song about heartbreak and the end of love, and the ideal counterpoint to Wouldn't It Be Nice. This is not to say that Pet Sounds is in any way a concept album, but it has a remarkable thematic coherence, a coherence that justifies its status as a masterpiece. Pet Sounds probably isn't perfect. God Only Knows suffers from its ubiquity, which is hardly Brian Wilson's fault. But tweezering out the minor faults of Pet Sounds would be fussiness, not diagnosis. The most valid criticisms one can make of Pet Sounds are the name and cover. According to Brian's first memoir, the title stems from somehow-more-villainous-than-Charles-Manson Mike Love damning the album, saying, "Who's gonna hear this shit? The ears of a dog?" Mike Love denies saying this (and sued him), but are there any circumstances where you want to believe Mike Love?

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YAY BEACH BOYS

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Even in mono, this is the model for all baroque pop to come. The percussion is amazing, the harmonies and songwriting are of course beautiful, and the thing as a whole breaks my image of the Beach Boys.

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it sure WOULD b nice

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I am a bit embarrassed that this was my first listen to the whole record. That said, I had extremely high expectations for this album. I am not "blown away" but can definitely understand and appreciate the artistry, and can say I mostly enjoyed listening.

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A classic for a reason.

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Some old favourites here.

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decent.

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A great and comforting album, but while I can see how impactful it would've been at its release, I feel the Beach Boys music really shows its age. simple and occasionally repetitive construction lets down the great voices and harmonies

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Stand out tracks: That’s Not Me, God Only Knows, I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times Overall excellent psychedelic/surf music. Definitely checking out more of their work.

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First album I heard of that era. Liked it way more than I thought I would

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Very wavy and psychedelic state throughout the whole album. A little bit of nostalgia from it too as I've heard a couple of the tracks before.

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Great album with no misses. Its really ahead of its time and 36 minutes is the perfect length for this album.

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beautiful orchestral production, sounds like nature

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Great psychedelic sound ahead of its time. A classic 9/10

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Fun/cheery/happy music!

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Its long

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Classic. Pet Sounds. Phil Spector was a murderer *shrug emoji*

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Good album. Though tends to feel a little bit same-y at times ultimately songs/progression along with general structure makes it a 4 (probably leaning more towards a 3.5)

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Very influential and historically important album that's still as amazing as it was back in the day. However I have a small quibble with it. I tried listening to the original mono version and it felt very bland. Stereo is just so much better. Also this was the first album I listened to on Hifiman HE-400i.

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Such a classic. Wish it was longer. Definitely some songs that just make you envision 50s California and others just seem timeless.

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4

Decent, good education.

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Classique. La définition du Old School Cool ?

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Easy listen. Some supremely solid songs on this album.

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Very smooth, incredible production. Thanks Brian.

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I appreciate this album and the Beach Boys - they were a big part of my childhood listening. Where this one falls down some for me is in the dweeby, simplistic, overly emotional lyrics in many of the songs. But I can't deny the iconic sounds and the cultural weight that Pet Sounds carries.

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Classic. If you don’t find yourself singing with the harmonies there’s something wrong with you.

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I love this album! I was never a fan of the beach boys, but this album changed that. Some of brian Wilson's best work.

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4

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I had this when I was a teenager... Its a funny one because on first listen, I'd say its not really my cup of tea. 60s pop can sounds pretty dated, and its hard to distinguish the good from the bad, because it all just sounds 60s. I do recognise that this was progressive, for the beach boys themselves and music in general. Listening more carefully, I really love the orchestral sections, the fast-slow & quiet-loud transitions, almost choral or barber shop harmonies. Really enjoyed some of the lesser-known side 2 songs like "Here Today" - big, epic, cinematic sounds.

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4

really good album. a lot of classic songs

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I didn't know that Wouldn't It Be Nice was the Beach Boys...

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Was supposed to listen to this years ago in college. Positively delightful! 8/10

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Now I just feel like watching a bunch of movies...

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I remember pitchfork hyping this while I was in college. I gave it a few skeptical listens and didn't hate it, but I also didn't fall in love. Anytime I hear the tracks I enjoy them. I think calling "the greatest rock album ever made" is crazy, but it does hold up well and continues to influence tons of people.

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Great chill vibes!

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favourite tracks: wouldn't it be nice, you still believe in me, that's not me, I know there's an answer, caroline no

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Brian Wilson quería hacer algo tipo a Ruber Soul de The Beatles, y le salieron dos temazos, y el resto... Comparsita.

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Some really great songs

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Very nice soundscape, God Only Knows is amazing but a lot of the songs don't really do anything for me 3.5/5

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Dece

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wtf is up w album cover? I guess this validates  the adage that says "you can't judge a book by its cover" The Beach Boys seemed so wholesome and so damn American that I ignored them until recently (of course, 20 years ago is recently in Beach Boys terms). It eventually became impossible for me not to concede that God Only Knows is a fucking masterpiece. God Only Knows has numerous chords that are unrecognizable to most which is probably a good thing since this ensures it doesn't get butchered by campfire guitar hacks (like me). While that song is the clear highpoint, the low point is the song Pet Sounds which is almost as bad as the cover of Pet Sounds. Was having a bad cover and bad song with the same name part of their sense of humour? If it was intended to be a joke, it's not very funny.   Some of the orchestral songs don't really do it for me. I could say God Only Knows equals five stars regardless of  the rest. I could say that - but I won't. 

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Vrolijke muziek met leuke harmonietjes

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Good album to listen through, and it contains a few all-time pop greats. The production is as good as the hype around it, but I personally don't rate it a top 10 album because it's just not my style at the moment. Compared to the Beatles, I find it a little too far over on the pop side to listen that regularly.

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A classic album that is the quintessential Beach Boys album with that 60s vibe.

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A classic album highlighting the advanced orchestration and attention to detail of Brian Wilson. This holds the most touching and cherished Beach Boys songs as well.

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Better with listens

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Love some beach boys, not all the songs are as good as the classics

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Easy listening

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Deep cuts--a Wes Anderson soundtrack in some timeline.

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This seems a lot more experimental. It’s also very precise. Sometimes it feels like they want to be making other types music, but they’re stuck making Beach Boys albums.

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Sounds like a symbol of its era, aged well and interesting to listen to. I will probably listen again from time to time.

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Mer en klassiker än ett mästerverk idag. Visst, det finns några guldkorn och det som ändå får klassas som ett mästerverk; "God Only Knows". Den andra riktigt bra låten är "Sloop John B.". Fin skiva som ändå har sin plats i historien.

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Great Album.

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-1st one -Light & happy -"God Only Knows" & "Wouldn't it Be Nice" -Shift from teenage early 60's rock and roll to more "grown up"

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Great album, but not sure it's the masterpiece many claim.

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Classic, Yes. Genius, No.

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There are a couple of classics on this but also some really mediocre songs. 8

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8/10. Solid album overall, with a few stand out classics like Sloop John B

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7/10

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I've always liked this album, but never loved it. It's unquestionably the height of Brian Wilson's song writing before his mental health issues overcame him. It was inspired by Rubber Soul, which is a much funner album to listen to, and it doesn't reach the heights that the Beatles would reach with their subsequent albums. In isolation, all of the songs are good and the harmonies are excellent. It just is not an album that inspires me when I listen to it. Great, but not that interesting 4/5

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A classic. One of the staples of pop music.

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ahead of its time

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A classic. And very good.

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Such a great album all the way through. Some truly classis songs like God only knows and wouldn't it be nice

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Great

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Brilliant ! 4*

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классно чилово, лампово, но медленно спокойно без разъёба

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Not only was it a concept album, but it was full of eccentric sounds and the songs seemed like collages obtained with a painstaking art of editing, making use of a small orchestra. Nice but little overrated. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Wouldn't It Be Nice, God Only Knows, Sloop John B

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the beach boys unique harmony sound is one of a kind and the songs dont bore even after so many years

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Very good album. Interesting melodies with beautiful vocal harmonies, though I'm not a huge fan of the high falsetto vocals.

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The Beach Boys made some great music - after all they invented the whole dream pop / shoegaze genre with just one great song: "All I Want To Do" while "Good Vibrations" is the best pop song ever made ..but those songs are not on this record, and Pet Sounds is a small misstep in their oeuvre. OK, quite a few songs are classics: Sloop John B, God Only Knows, Wouldn't Be Nice, I Know There's An Answer / Hang On To Your Ego, so 3* or lower is impossible to give, but quite a few of the other songs are rather boring.

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beach boy songs

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hang on

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This album to me suffers from its own reputation. I think it’s a good album, but it gets hyped up as one of the best of all time, which I don’t quite understand. Still very good, just not my favorite I suppose

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I understand the significance of the production of this album, but I don’t listen to The Beach Boys for a reflection on life. I listen to them for light, sing along beach and cars songs. They’re The Beach Boys! 4 for the two singles off this album

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So much written history on this album, that I feel like all I can write is personal feelings since most of you know the facts. The production is amazing for the era even if it borrows much from Spector. But to me, sometimes things are thrown in that don't make a lot of sense (ex: bike horn at the end of You Still Believe in Me... or the random lounge music of Let's Go Away and Pet Sounds). It's the Beach Boys so there's a lot of falsetto (would the band have been better without it?) and like most 60's pop you have to be in the mood for sugar and sap. This is always compared to Sgt Peppers but the more fair comparison is Revolver- 66 vs 67 are almost different eras... and Revolver still had a little bit of that sugar and sap- You have Yellow Submarine to contrast Sloop John B. Here, There and Everywhere is as sappy yet sweet as Wouldn't It Be Nice. But, the Beatles were just writing differently at this time, branching into adulthood and Pet Sounds is still written for teens and college kids. Not that there's anything wrong with that! But, it's music that you can do a 180 in a second if it doesn't strike you that day. If you are having an "adulting" day you probably aren't going to turn on Pet Sounds. You could say that about most albums I suppose, but the swings I do on this one prevents me from calling it one of the greatest of all time even though I've said just as such on a day where it truly sounded that way to me.

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Nice to hear again

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Yeah. It's pet sounds. It's good. It's probably overrated in that anything that is routinely called the best album of all time HAS to be overrated? But, yeah. It's good.

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Album has absolutely earned its spot amongst the legends. I almost consider it a precursor to most of modern music as we know it. While its influence is unquestionable, it can be a bit simple at times. 79/100

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Upbeat and enjoyable. Flows very nicely together. Instrumentation is diverse and fun “Wouldn’t it be nice” is absolutely iconic “Here today” is my favorite song

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Classic

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album concept

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I like how 'gimmicky' the Beach Boys were. Many tiny details in this one. Bookmarked more than half the songs on this album.

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Un excellent album de la part de ces bons vieux Beach Boys, qui n'ont en revanche toujours pas trouvé le moyen de mixer correctement leur album. La prochaine fois, cela ne passera pas et sera pénalisé comme il se doit. Je ne m'attarderai pas sur les multiples bruits d'animaux fermiers présents sur l'enregistrement, qui gachent un peu la prestation du chanteur du groupe. C'est leur choix artistique, et l'on se doit de le respecter.

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Un album de très grande qualité sans pour autant disposer d'un mixage digne de ce nom. J'ai en ce sens pris contact avec la personne en charge dudit mixage pour cet album afin de lui demander ce que signifiait tout cela. Celui-ci m'a très gentiment répondu que l'équilibre et la cohérence entre les différentes pistes audio lui importaient peu et qu'il ne donnait de l'importance qu'aux sons d'animaux. Selon lui, une superposition de cris d'animaux de la ferme faisait parfaitement l'affaire. Je lui fis part de mon désaccord et c'est à ce moment précis qu'il raccrocha le combiné.

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Enjoyed it

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The eleventh album from the Beach Boys. Initially met with lukewarm reviews, this album is now regarded as one of the most influential progressive pop albums ever. This album was produced in a ground-breaking way, by incorporating different instruments and genres, and recording the music more like an orchestra than a rock band. Genres of pop, jazz, exotica, classical, and the avant-garde, mixed conventional rock set-ups with layers of vocal harmonies, samples, and new instruments such as bicycle bells, French horns, flutes, an Electro-Theremin, whole string sections, and even beverage cans. Because of this over production, the album could not be replicated live. This album revolutionized the music industry and became very popular, although over time. Pet Sounds has been certified platinum. At release this album seemed weird and was overshadowed by the Beatles releasing some of their best work. In conclusion, this beautiful and ambitious album of pop music was a little too ahead of its time, but it pushed the music industry forward into better production techniques, as well as opened the door to new concepts being used in any well-rooted genres. You can't find an artist that began their career after this album, that hadn't been influenced by this great work of art.

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Genius

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sounds really good, i liked it

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Super album, ugodan za slusanje.

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Razumijem zašto ga svi hvale, album je manje više savršen a i revolucionaran. Ali dajem četvorku jer mi ne bi nikad palo na pamet da ga slušam.

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This album was an interesting listen, while I find the instrumentation quite good on all the more upbeat songs, the sadder more emotionally driven songs with exceptions of Caroline, no sounded less pleasurable and found the song you still believe in me very unlistenable the first time around. However, the singing is very well delivered in all songs and the highs on this album such as wouldn't it be nice, sloop john b, pet sounds among the majority make this an enjoyable listen. While the review shows four stars I would give it around 3.5 stars for my personal enjoyment

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christmassy

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Very cute country boy songs!

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Proper good

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Possibly the most overrated album of all time, but still very good

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Two all time classic tracks save this album from just being average

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Неплохо

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Damn it. I don't want to like the Beach Boys. My life would be so much more easier in terms of music, if I didn't have to reconcile my complete distain for their sound and lyrical content, and then this album comes up. The production on this album is like no other that I've heard. God Only Knows is like one of the best songs I've ever heard. There are a few very sleepy songs on here though, that really drag this thing down the tubes. Overall, though this is an establishment of the Beach Boys as something a bit more relevant in the landscape.

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Very good. I very much could see how they inspired / were inspired by the Beatles and other rock bands of this era.

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Muy buen álbum

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This album slaps. Forget sometimes how much bands like Animal Collective rip from this sound (and sound terrible doing it)

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So. Much. Reverb.

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60s music for me is usually completely overshadowed by The Beatles. This is great. Obviously the singles are the best, but it's all good

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A fun classic. The Beach Boys at their best

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Some very nice layered music all the way through

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The Beach Boys are truly a different beast to The Beatles, and what a beast they are. Still, it's pretty tempting to refer to this album as their "Revolver" and the unfortunately removed "Good Vibrations" as their "Tomorrow Never Knows", both in terms of greatness and music style changes. Overall, "Pet Sounds" made me go "wow!", but not "WOW!!!" as most people claimed they did. Most of it are two minute pop songs with great instrumentals and incredible productions. It's great, albeit generic at some places. I enjoyed it, though not as much as I enjoyed "Surf's Up".

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Great to hear some of these classics.

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It is outrageous that this was created in the mid-60s. I find the Beach Boys in general a bit schmaltzy, but this is really well put together, and Wouldn't It Be Nice / God Only Knows are all-time classics (God Only Knows being the better of the two). Could get a 5, but I just don't like their type of music enough to put it up with the best albums I've ever listened to. 4 it is.

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Lot of goats on that cover.

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Lots of songs I had forgotten about (I know there’s an answer came back to me in the middle of the night after listening to this!)

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Honestly not much to say. It’s a classic who doesn’t like this album

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The thing I love about The Beach Boys is that they were doing something very different from what so many boy bands were doing in the early to mid 60s. Pet Sounds took that to a whole new level with their instrumentation and harmonies. Upon listening to this album all the way through for the first time in a long time there are a few songs that aren’t top notch, but Wouldn’t It Be Nice and God Only Knows will always be in my top favorite songs of all time. Brian Wilson’s mental struggles definitely created some of the greatest music of an entire generation.

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Pop from another planet. Just amazing.

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Interesting sound

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Not THAT bad for a bunch of kmart jingles and then the shit that was too forgettable even for that

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Rating may be affected by the setting of first listen, and sound quality (makes it sound very dated). Enjoyable, I'd throw this on at a beach in DR for sure. No particular standout track.

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Makes the granddads go crazy

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Classic but beach Boys is the candy of music. Only a few and once in awhile

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not big fan of surf-rock because it feels kinda cheesy and repetitive at points. however this album has amazing songs and proves that surf-rock and surfing in general can be more than meets the eye. 6/10

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Some great fun songs. A couple with to much theremin.

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Sehr fröhlich und positiv! Einen Touch zu viel. Musik ist aber okay. Kann man hören. Muss man aber nicht. Werd ich auch nicht nochmal.

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Quite dated, if this was a first listen I would be underwhelmed. I have nostalgia and that holds up but outside of that little is brought to the table. Here Today is a banger though.

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Classic beach boys. Was ok

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I like some of the songs, but not really my jam.

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A side clearly sappy and for the gals, pretty antiquated stuff that fuels the whole nostalgia psychosis.

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Sacrilege alert, but I just don't like The Beach Boys at all. It all sounds so cheesy to me. I get the music production and "wall of sound" history of the album, and for what it's doing in 1968 it's quite forward but... as a listening piece it does absolutely nothing for me. I would give it a 3* just for the techniques heh...

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Meh

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top tier Sea Shanty song

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Oldies

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Bien, pero oído hoy resulta flojete. Además, hay canciones muy buenas, pero otras que son unos truños de cuidado

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I didn’t not like it.

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Classic Beach Boys/60s sounds. God Only Knows and Wouldn't It be Nice are the best tracks on the album. 6/10.

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Disco muy ñoño para ser de los Beach Boys

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Wouldn't it be nice

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Bought on 2nd hand vinyl with one of my first paper round wages. Side 2 is the standout, every song being a classic. I find side 1 more of a challenge after the opening 2 songs. 3/5

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Couldn't hear any pets but some good songs otherwise

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Eigenlijk echt nog mooi, vooral als achtergrondmuziek

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Good album and fun listen

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Yes yes god only knows is a beautiful song, yes it has some lovely moments but this album is most certainly over rated.

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Forward thinking in many ways but still of its time. Can't get past a three.

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Like other Beach Boys albums I struggle to understand why it is quite so highly regarded. There are some really strong tracks on here without doubt but there are others I’ll want to skip. Overall a good album that I can enjoy and appreciate but not an album that I can love.

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cool reminders

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not really my style

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From when it was all still simple songs with easy meanings....what a great time.

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I can appreciate the production and how it influenced a lot of artists I love, but the Beach Boys just don't do it for me.

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it's a solid record with interesting sounds, particularly for it's time, but the sound just doesn't speak to me like other sounds do. this is perhaps due to it having been incorporated into so many other works which were inspired by it that i've heard over the years that it's brilliance is sort of lost on me. i got dylan's blonde on blonde the day before this one and i gave it a 4/5; i liked listening to blonde on blonde at least a full star more than pet sounds, thus the 3/5. favorite track: Hold on to your ego.

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Listened to this album for the first time a few years ago and loved it. It's still a joy to hear.

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This is a good album. It has some classics. The other songs are ok.

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Overall a weird album. Didn’t love most of the songs. Feels like everything’s been slowed down, like maybe this is what the world feels like when you’re on tranquilizers (which I suppose they were when they recorded this).

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I'm not in love with this album like a lot of people are. I think its fairly interesting but more so as a point in music history as opposed to good in and of itself

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1) Wouldn't It Be Nice - Classic! Heard this one before for sure. Definite montage song, and as their band name suggests, one you blast at the beach. Love it. 2) You Still Believe In Me: Slow song. Not my favorite. 3) That's Not Me: Positive vibes. It's alright. 4) Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder): Slow, crooning song again. I LOVE the orchestra in this song. 5) I'm Waiting for the Day: Upbeat!! Catchy beat and breakdown. Orchestra bangs again at the end! LOVE THE ENDING OF THIS SONG. 6) Let's Go Away For A While: Okay the orchestra up to this point has been captivating me. God the instrumentals on this one is awesome! THE PIZZICATO!!! ONE OF MY FAV TRACKS RN. 7) Sloop John B: Tells a story. 8) God Only Knows: Another classic one!! 9) I Know There's An Answer: Cool bassline. 10) Here Today: OK 11) I Just Wasn't Made For These Times: I like the vocals on this one. 12) Pet Sounds: Instrumentals caught me off guard haha. Actual pet sounds??? LOL. 13) Caroline, No: Slow song. 14) Hang On To Your Ego: I like the lyrics.

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Really good harmonies. I also like the percussion. I can't really see myself going to listen to anything again, except for God Only Knows, that song is amazing. Here Today is also good, I love its use of brass. Overall good album.

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Decent album, very bright and sunshine great intro in “wouldn’t it be nice “.. 6/10 overall kinda was not my vibe at that moment. Will def revisit

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So, this is the definitive pop album of all time? There are clearly the bangers: sloop john b, wouldn't it be nice and god only knows that stand out. but honestly, that's really it. everything else seems nice, but not catchy. it's the equivalent if it was a song of verses, but no chorus. it sounds nice, but it doesn't really end up being very catchy for me.

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Strong start to the album with some of the more recognizable songs, followed up with a surprisingly more orchestral, slow, and melodious ending.

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1966. Wouldn't It Be Nice, God Only Knows

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It was pretty good. Recognized a lotta the songs, just.. yeah.

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I know its a classic but I didn't really connect with it.

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i liked- HOLY SHIT THE ALBUM IS GOATS HAHAHAHAHAHAHA anyways, i like Let's Go Away for Awhile instrumental parts are nice

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Sympa mais pas si incroyable que ça et pas le meilleur album de tout les temps les gens délirent

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Totally get why this is on the list, not really my thing. Grew up with dad playing it so I know heaps of the songs. Family just asked why I was playing the Cadbury song. Sigh. God Only Knows is a work of genius.

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11th October 2021 Listened while at the supermarket and cleaning up the flat before coming home for the week for the literature festival. I prefer the more upbeat beach boys and this wasn't what I was expecting of the full album but I can certainly understand how progressive it was.

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Bon album, mais à réécouter parce que je ne vois pas comment le hype est justifié

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never been a big fan but I understand people love them

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Heard this album many times. It has some great classics the rest of the songs are fine. For me it's just a 3/5. Standouts: Wouldn't it Be Nice, Sloop John B, God Only Knows,

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Very very 80s! Some enjoyable.

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Some clear high points, lots of meh

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Ah, I found it a bit boring.

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Stvarno kužim i ima dobrih pjesama, ali ja se jednostavno ne mogu uživit kak spada u ovaj album kolko god puta probo, jebiga.

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Rispekt njima što su napravili tada u glazbi u tom periodu sa ovim albumom. Međutim, nije mi nikad bio previše dobar, bio mi je mid, jer su ga dosta napuhali, a samim time moja su očekivanja bila mal jača od normalnog, a da ne govorim kako ne paše album na ovo hladno smrznuto vrijeme. Dobar album, ali nije u mojoj rotaciji.

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I have tried to get into this album many many times, I mean, it is the album that put the Beatles into SPLHCB way and one of the greatest songs and all that but I just can’t, it’s kinda silly to me, I love wouldn’t it be nice but I’m not very fond of the rest of the record, sounds very dated and yeah, silly to me. Really sorry about this one.

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A classic.

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I'm nearly 31 and have no idea whether I like the beach boys or whether I think they are dog shit. I'm not sure I will ever know.

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Ik was dit gisteren gedurende de dag aan het luisteren met een half oor en dacht: 'Goh, wat een oud geluid voor The Pet Shop Boys, ik wist niet dat zij in de jaren zestig ook al actief waren....' Best mooi album overigens.

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Het is een klassieker, unaniem als meesterwerk bestempeld. En het zou schijnbaar zelfs de Beatles zo erg hebben gemotiveerd om met iets nog veel beters te komen. Wat het album St Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band opleverde. Dat dat vind ik inderdaad veel beter dan Pet Sounds. Beetje braaf allemaal.

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Erg goed, vooral die samenzang is geweldig. Toch vind ik de totaalsound net niet helemaal mijn ding. Dus dan toch 3 sterren.

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Ok, ik weet het, Pet Sounds is heilig voor velen. Ik vind het ook echt een lekker album, maar ik kan gewoon niet heel erg lang luisteren naar The Beach boys

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God only knows is a wonderful song. The rest doesn't annoy me but it doesn't grab me either.

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One of the most overrated albums of all times, boring

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Right, how are we rating albums? Is it influential? Does it have bangers? Is there too much filler? Why is the same song on there twice? Would you listen to it again? I still feel the same about it as I did as a teenager - some absolute tunes, but still feels like a lot of filler…

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Not as good as I was hoping. I think it should be a 4 but I know I'll never listen to it again so getting a 3

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I see the charm but still...it still feels like an album that lots of people like because they have been told that it is a likeable album. I don't feel that it holds enough – whether in the context of its release, or retrospectively – to justify its mythological status. But that may just be me. (cc. Dylan)

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I just don't get it, but I know people love them.

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I've never understood all the fuss about the Beach Boys and in particular this album. 'God Only Knows' is a beautiful song but the rests are just OK. Nothing special.

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I know this is considered one of the greatest albums but try as I might it really doesn't resonate with me. I like the hits but it seems a bit samey in-between and although I appreciate how it's influenced others this is really about American history and i'm more interested in other genres (Punk and New Wave).

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Catchy. Enjoyable.

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Overproduced - I know it was meant to sound like this and was groundbreaking, but I’d love to hear a stripped down version of this that avoids Spector’s wall.

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Yes

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Góð lög: Wouldn't it be nice Wasn't made for these times - bad ókei lög, en ekki neitt að deyja yfir, góður banger í byrjun samt augl.

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Seems overhyped to me.

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Not Sure where this adulation comes from. Its OK at best

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3/5 somewhat good but boring

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I've never really got into The Beach Boys that much. There isn't a lot of variation between songs. Wouldn't It Be Nice, God Only Knows are classic songs and I liked Sloop John B. All in all it's a good album but there isn't enough variation to keep me interested for the entire album.

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Beach Boys are always a pleasant listen, even if nothing is particularly whizbang. "God Only Knows" is a great song, while the rest just remain middle of the road to me

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Dont wanna

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I was expecting something way more ground breaking. It was ok

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wouldn't it be nice..

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Ich bin mit den Beach Boys nie so richtig warm geworden. Die Pet Sounds ist sinfonischer als alles, was die Beatles gemacht haben, und doch nie so gut. Für mich kommt sie insgesamt nicht an die songwriterische Klasse von Lennon/McCartney ran.

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The beach boys have a couple good songs but the album gets annoying with a lot of unneccessary vocalizing

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eh

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Lots of harmonies, a bathe by echos. Not my scene.

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I've read the glowing reviews and I've listened to this 3-4 times now thinking huh, WTF am I missing? But I still don't get it. I suppose it was highly innovative for its time but I just don't like the glorious harmonies, corny arrangements and sappy lyrics. Many others give it a 5 calling it a masterpiece but this is not Sgt Pepper, DSOTM or Ziggy Stardust. I give it a 1, +1 for its production values.

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Uhhhhhhh.. I don't really get the hype, kinda Sounded like early Beatles covered in Saran wrap. I know they were influential but man it felt like Mr Rogers made a record

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Volumes have been written about this album, it’s production and orchestration, the 60+ musicians, all the firsts. I’ve listened to it a couple of times over the last few years and I think I've watched more than one documentary that looked at the “making of”. I was never too crazy about the Beach Boys surf pop sound. It was a style that got discarded quickly as the 60s progressed and despite this lavish production, I'm still hearing that style, albeit a more sophisticated version of it.

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Litt for slapt - langt mellom bangerne

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nice lyrics, but a bit off to me

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wouldn't it be nice to fuck off

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What a vapid album. I've heard it's supposed to be really good, but I've listened a few times over my life and I still don't get it. I listened again several times and it's even worse than I remembered since I looked at the lyrics. Take a song like I know there's an answer. We're dealing with safe spaces and people getting in bubbles worse than ever today and you think he's going to have an answer, but he has no fucking answer. It's so unsatisfying. All these songs are boy-girl love songs and it just stinks. The only thing keeping it from 1 star is that the instrumentals can be good. Most of the time, it's pretty plain jane. It's basically like stupid beatles. It's fake progressive - progressive for people who wear boat shoes. NEXT.

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I am starting to see a pattern in these picks. Obviously, the albums in their entirety are not seen as the "need to listen to", but specific songs that have been influencial in general. This is a nice album for easy listening, but it isn't my go to, and I probably won't listen to it in it's entirety again. Sorry to Beach Boys fans! :P

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This would be better if I didn't A. hate The Beach Boys and B. Hate the singers voice. Some of the instrumentals are good though

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I’ve never understood why this is such a revered album. Aside from “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows” this album is a snooze fest. Give me the version of The Beach Boys that’s all about girls, surfing and fun.

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I think if Dylan, the Beatles and the stones created the rock/pop sounds from the 60s to now, the Beach Boys were the last gasp of the proto rock. Falsetto voices, harmony, nothing getting out of first gear. It's well performed and exceptionally well recorded, but it's just not my jam. I suppose it's better than ZZ Top and bovine Jovi and whatever else rock turned into.

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Starts out nice and peppy. What you expect the BB to sound like. But then kinda drones on and gets monotonous.

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Well, it started out great... and something weird happened at the end of I'm waiting for the day...

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Yes, there are some famous songs there, but now I know why you don’t get to hear the other songs

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First time listen, and I am really shocked all the indie people love this album so much! It’s talked about in the same breath as the White Album. I expected something really different based on the hype. California falsetto harmony/layered singing brass surf pop, and that falsetto harmony/layered brass surf pop thing doesn’t spark joy for me. Listened twice just in case I was missing something.

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Pretty okayish... Liked Sloop John B - so far after listening to 10 songs. Let's see how this goes.

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Wouldn't it be nice: ihan menevä, ei huono

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There was only one song that I have heard previously of in the entire album of course it was 'Wouldn't it Be Nice'. Other than that, the album was a delve into the sound of the 60s pioneering new sounds and instruments used for rock at the time including bicycle bells, French horn, flutes, Electro-Theremin, string sections, and beverage cans. Overall an ok album but not as good as the hype that I have heard surround this record. Best: Wouldn't It Be Nice Worst: Sloop John B 2.5 Stars

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Ekan biisin jälkeen lopahti ja nopeesti teki mieli vaihtaa levyä

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Pliisua menoa. Hittibiisitkin pääsee tasolle ihan ok joten ei asiaa tällaisille listoille, kiitos.

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too american for me

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Well. It's classic album. But I can't see why, it's.... niceish, in a cheeey way. Harmony is pleasant, if sometimes a bit over the top. Perhaps you had to be there. I really was expecting something more compelling.

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in the words of flavor flav; 'Don't believe the hype'. i just don't get why this was supposed to be such an influential album.

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Kind of a slow album. Not much continuity from song to song. Without the well known Beach Boys hits “Wouldn’t it be nice” and “God only knows” the album is pretty mediocre.

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Yeah nah. Not a beach boys fan

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Från ett musikaliskt perspektiv förtjänar albumet ett högre betyg

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really underwhelmed by this one to be honest. one or two really nice songs but mostly not that great

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I feel they are some sort of institution that I should like but are just a singles band to me

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Wow! Harmonies!! So cool!!! Bored High 2

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Fuck the beach boys jesus

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not the biggest fan. Felt like I was listening to church boys singing nervously on the beach. nothin real po e t ic about it. Loled at the horn in the 2nd song.

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blech. a victim of their own success.

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I've never really liked The Beach Boys. This album is very typical of their music, so naturally I dislike it. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" is the most recognizable tune on it, and all I could think was "Wouldn't it be nice if no Beach Boys albums were on this list?" 1 star.

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Riding that echo hard...

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MEH

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Fucking nightmare. Too much sound. Everytime I start to like it someone goes 'oooohhh woooooo' and then a horn starts honking

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-Move (drum solos) -Jeru (easy listening) -Godchild (trumpet) and really the whole thing

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Hvis man kan lide Beach Boys, så er det ok.

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