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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 2,068 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 Komorebi-D 03/23/2017 08:08
Each listen you can unearth heaps of new things. It's riddled with such beauty. It's amazing to see how chamber pop was born.
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From discojets1 03/15/2017 22:50
Landmark albums of all time. Great harmonization and very innovative. Helped pave the way for prog lit lit lit
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From Ben4 03/14/2017 03:50
It's good. Highlights include Wouldn't it be Nice, I Just Wasn't Made for These Times, Caroline No
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From Greendonut227 03/12/2017 10:41
I think this is the best album of the 1960s.
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From dgarr22 03/08/2017 16:26
His singing gets a little tedious, but a VERY good album with gems.
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From Ferrington 02/25/2017 01:28
Is there, or will there ever be an album quite like this one?
I can't see it happening so I'll just love this masterpiece forever. 10/10
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From Seab 02/23/2017 01:26
One of the landmark albums of the 60's, with great harmonization and instrumentation throughout.

Favorite Track: Caroline, No
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From corenfro 01/31/2017 03:25
Much has written of Brian Wilson's life and his career. I will have the pleasure of seeing likely one of his final shows this March and I can't wait - pet sounds will be played in it's entirety.

Pet sounds is the best album of the 60's - and it was all Wilson. Plagued with mental health issues his whole life, there was a time period where he was able to utilize his wonderfully unique brain to create just some very stunning art. Three things drive this album: vocal harmonies, chord progressions, and aesthetic.

The voice of Brian Wilson along with the other beach boys are just tremendous. They weave through the chord progressions adding and subtracting different notes, it's just wonderful.

The chord progressions are simple, mostly major, and the key will change without the uncritical listener noticing much of a difference because Wilson does it so smoothly. I'm no music theory expert, but the "God Only Knows" has such a beauty in the key changes when I go to play it on Piano.

Pet Sounds was revolutionary as far as the recording technology that went into it. It sounds a little dated, but there are so many bands today trying to get a similar aesthetic that it's hard to knock him for that.

Pet Sounds MADE the Beatles start to be more artistic (they took influence from Zappa as well for this) The Beatles, Animal Collective, Tame Impala, Radiohead, Brian Eno, and may others have the Beach Boys to thank.
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From malfinious 01/28/2017 20:02
It's always a toss-up for me whether Revolver or Pet Sounds is the ultimate psychedelic pop album. Revolver may rank higher for me overall but that doesn't take away from the fact that Pet sounds is still #4 all-time in my book. I think this album features the greatest harmonies ever recorded and pretty groundbreaking production as well as instrumental work. Can't really go wrong here folks.
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From TheHutts 01/25/2017 21:48
Brian Wilson’s magnum opus, Pet Sounds mixed introspective lyrics with innovative instrumentation and Spector-inspired recording techniques, and topped them off with The Beach Boys lush harmonies.
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1. Revolver by The Beatles
2. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
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