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Pet Sounds (album) by The Beach Boys 

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Pet Sounds
Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys (1966)
Overall rank: 13th   Overall chart history
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88/100 (from 1,969 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1966 (2nd)
Top 10 albums of the 1960s (6th)
Top 20 albums of all time (13th)

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Pet Sounds is ranked as the best album by The Beach Boys.

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From Tidus1997 11/15/2016 22:19
Avant-garde Pop at its best. What happens if you have three of the most popular groups listening to each other's records? Pet Sounds.

The Beatles took quotes from Highway 51, performed by Bob Dylan, to make Rubber Soul. And The Beach Boys took quotes from Rubber Soul to make Pet Sounds. After that, The Beatles took quotes from this album to make one of the best records ever made, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. After all of that musical history happened, Brian Wilson thought, why not make an album that could top them all?

Unfortunately, this was around the time his mental state was decaying, and his problems with drugs and alcohol were catching up with him. It took sixty years to get even close to a draft of what Smile would have been.

That's not to say Smile wouldn't have been bad. I feel bad for Brian Wilson. But it's important to note, he chose to experiment with different ideas, in the same way he was experimenting with drugs. Eventually, he had to pay the price, much like his contemporaries: Syd Barret, Rory Erickson, and many others.

The album, is good. That's all there is to it. The album starts off with the weird piano sounds generated by Brian Wilson. Then it starts to drone off with filer six songs after that. Sloop John B happens after those songs end. It's a story about how Brian Wilson spent time with his grandpa.

God only knows what I'd be without you; Brian Wilson is a genius. We already know that. The song from Bioshock Infinite, Brian Wilson originally coined that. After that song, Brian Wilson achknowledges how different his work is.

It's 2016, fifty years after Pet Sounds hit the radio, and we're still listening to it. Another fifty years after that, we will still be listening to it. If anyone likes the music from the sixties, Pet Sounds is an album that they should listen to.
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From awesomness425 11/14/2016 18:20
This is extremely consistent and flows well.
Super cheery and happy in every aspect.
This album definitely reaches it's heights because of Brian Wilsons Vocal Harmonies.
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From acolabella 09/17/2016 18:52
This was a weird album to digest. It takes a couple listen to fully understand it's power and meaning.
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From fredvilar97 08/14/2016 15:25
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From dylanwaltes19 08/12/2016 10:52
At first listen I didn't like it, at second listen it was okay. But now I truly appreciate Brian Wilsons genius, a truly amazing album,
Best song: God only knows
Worst song: Sloop John B (still like it just not as brilliant as the rest)
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From albumceleste 08/05/2016 02:02
Perfect.

Sound, arrangements, compositions, performances. Everything just perfect.

But then there's more: this album is consistently good through the entire lenght. If the best is a 10 the least are close to 9. There ain't too many records that can accomplish this.

Timeless classic.
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From lanadeleswift 08/03/2016 19:58
Beautiful and eerie especially if you know backstory on its creation and aftermath. It's their most famous and acclaimed record for a reason. Every track is unique and none are strikingly better or worse than the others, although God Only Knows pretty much dwarfs the rest. Deserves several listens before forming a solid opinion, definitely more than most albums would require.
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From nitomano 07/24/2016 23:31
Favoritas: God Only Knows, Wouldn't It Be Nice, Sloop John B., Caroline No, That's Not Me
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From Space-Dementia 07/22/2016 03:35
I used to not see the big deal about this album. God Only Knows and Wouldn't It Be Nice were great songs, but the rest was boring Beach Boys stuff. But then I saw the movie Love & Mercy and I immediately revisited this album and I immediately understood it ten times better. Brian Wilson had so many ideas in his head, and he made them all happen, no matter what anyone thought, and I really really respect that.
Even if this album isn't on my Top 100 right now, or even if I'm not always listening to this album, I will always respect it a lot more than I used to, because I finally understand it. For people who don't "get" this album, you should really watch that movie. In fact, whenever there's any album that you don't "get", just look into the background of it. Look into how they went about making it and why and how difficult it was, and then maybe you'll have an easier time getting to know it.
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From Ih8uFL 07/15/2016 01:58
Brian is a fucking creative guy.
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Best Albums of 1966
1. Revolver by The Beatles
2. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
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