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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 2,013 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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Members who like this album also like: Revolver by The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles and Abbey Road by The Beatles.

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From Egophobia 3 days ago
The quintessential psychedelic pop rock album. Not a single bad song, and some of these are everlasting masterpieces :)
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From hereforashortime 01/13/2017 15:57
It's not some artistic concept album, it's not particularly epic, it's very simple, but it knows it's simple, and it uses that to make 35 music of amazing music, not one track is filler, it's all fantastic.
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From slurpdurp 12/28/2016 07:01
Brian Wilson's composition and lyricism stands out most on this album. The compositions are brilliant and the use of many classical instruments adds so much to the beauty of this music. It is innovative and paved the way for the future of art rock. Pet Sounds was one of the albums that paved the way for LPs being full of great songs, rather than based around singles. Its influence reaches far and it holds up well even today as some of the best songwriting of all time.
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From crimson 12/17/2016 04:05
This is not only -IMO- the best album ever, but also stands among the greatest compositions of all time. Firebird, Golberg Variations, Schostakocih Concerto for Violin, and among them all: Pet Sounds by Brian Wilson.
Wilson is unmatched to this day. Sgt. Pepper is not as good as this one, and the only reason people say it is becouse they are trained to say it.
No band has reached the compositional paradise that Wilson reached in Pet Sounds and Smile. The music is just perfect, classicaly perfect. The lyrics are genious, maybe not at Lorca level, but amazingly great. The production is beyond words.
I think that when capitalism is done with the Beatles (and with 20th century music in general) probably art and music historians will look back and accept that this is the apotheosis of the 20th century music.
The Beatles are a crafted myth. Long live the Beach Boys.
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From flamingyesdept 12/08/2016 20:05
I wonder what people would think of The Beach Boys if this hadn't been made, considering all their other albums are so ridiculously underrated. Would they even be remembered? For that reason alone, this album is crucial. And it is indeed a masterpiece, worthy of every piece of praise it receives. But there is so much more to The Beach Boys than just this album.
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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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1. Revolver by The Beatles
2. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
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