Album #61 – Pet Sounds

Album #61

This is my favorite album by The Beach Boys. Brian Wilson was and is a musical genius. This album took it’s inspiration from The Beatles’ album Rubber Soul and The Beatles in turn were inspired to create Sgt. Pepper’s because of this album. It is a musical masterpiece. Wilson uses Phil Spector-like production and members of The Wrecking Crew including legendary session drummer Hal Blaine and bassist Carol Kane. The songs on here are mostly mellow and sad. The evoke emotions which the group started experimenting with on Today! The album starts of with Wouldn’t It Be Nice, one of the few upbeat songs on the album. The most revered song on the album is God Only Knows. It is my favorite song off the album as well. The song has made Paul McCartney cry supposedly. I love the emotion that is captured in that song. It does it better than no other. I also love Caroline No for the same reason. The songs are all short on this album. You won’t find any long songs. Brian Wilson sings most of the lead vocals on this album. Mike Love is hardly anywhere to be found. Love did successfully sway Brian to change the lyrics and content of Hang On To Your Ego to I Know There’s An Answer due to drug-influenced content. I have listened to both versions and they are both good. The only songs I don’t really like of this album is That’s Not Me and Here Today. It is because Mike Love is singing lead and the song sounds hokey to me. Everything else is amazing. Other highlights include: Sloop John B, Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder), I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times and You Still Believe In Me. Overall, I give this album a 4.5 out of 5.

Next: Fred Neil’s self-titled debut album

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