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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: 14th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
88/100 (from 2,597 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 5 albums of 1966 (2nd)
Award Top 10 albums of the 1960s (6th)
Award Top 20 albums of all time (14th)

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The Beach Boys bestography

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

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-Pet SoundsThe Smile Sessions

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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Average Rating: 
88/100 (from 2,597 votes)
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80/100
This album was the first good album to come out ever in my opinion. Everything before it just doesn't do it for me. It's chill pop summertime music to relax to
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Pet Sounds > Revolver
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Beautiful - 9.5/10
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What can I say about "Pet Sounds"? This album is just so ridiculously out-of-this-world. Especially considering where music was at in 1966, it is very hard to believe that a guy could create this music almost single handedly. Composition and production-wise, this album is a complete masterpiece and showcases the genius of Brian Wilson like never before, or after.

I think the Beatles were a better band than the Beach Boys, but for me, "Pet Sounds" is better than any Beatle album. There is absolutely no flaws in it and, in my perception, it is the very first album that really felt like an album. "Rubber Soul" was close, then "Pet Sounds" was it. And the rest is history.
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95/100
I really like this album. It is well produced and outstandingly performed. There is not a bad track, and a few excellent ones. I just don't get why it's considered a top ten of the decades album.
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90/100
The fact that the Beach Boys never released any other album that even came close to achieving what Pet Sounds did is a great shame. The album is packed with so many essential Beach Boys tracks ("Wouldn't it be Nice", "Sloop John B", "God Only Knows", etc.) A true classic.
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While I do prefer "The Smile Sessions" which is pretty much an incomplete album, this is still a really, really good album. The opening track "Wouldn't Be Nice" is just such a sweet sounding song, yet a sad song in terms of lyrics, making it feel so bittersweet. "Sloop John B" has been ruined by my parents, but it's still a great song, and "God Only Knows" is among the Beach Boys best songs. The rest is also great, and they all play off each other so well in terms of harmonies. I'm very happy this is the direction "The Beach Boys" took. Honestly, I don't know what else to say about it, but from what the Beach Boys did before, to this, is an unbelievable step forward, and it's sad to know about Brian Wilson's situation with "Smile". At the very least, "The Smile Sessions" came out in 2011, and it's honestly what I prefer, but they're both just sooo good.
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Definition of gorgeous, yet not cheesy in the slightest. I don't know what else to say.

Best tracks - God Only Knows, That's Not Me, Wouldn't it Be Nice, and I Know There's An Answer.
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Top 3:
Wouldn't It Be Nice / Sloop John B / God Only Knows
Highlights:
Everything else (except Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder))
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And like that, every 1967 album had the same sound to it.
Brian Wilson is probably the only artist ever to create a new genre from scratch. Most genres just develop in time, but psychedelic music was invented.

I could name a dozen of genres and production techniques Brian Wilson had put in the album, but the greatest thing is that he never made it sound pretentious. He kept making music for the masses, for the normal person. Relatability and superficial enjoyment of the music were always central.
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1. Revolver by The Beatles
2. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
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