Surf's Up (studio album) by The Beach Boys

Surf's Up by The Beach Boys
Year: 1971
Overall rank: 836th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 485 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1971 (27th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (185th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (836th)
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Surf's Up is ranked 3rd best out of 66 albums by The Beach Boys on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Beach Boys is Pet Sounds which is ranked number 12 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 52,140.

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79/100 (from 485 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.9/100, a mean average of 78.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.7.

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80/100
From 06/28/2022 19:09
This album actually grew on me, I think its gentle and not as impressive as Pet Sounds, but it is beautiful in its own way, sounds a bit like Disney songs.
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From 07/01/2021 21:11
the voices and production are awesome, sadly i thin beach boys after pet ounds never achieve that quality again
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From 04/22/2021 19:39
quite a fascinating array of music almost indescribable but immensely entertaining
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75/100
From 04/01/2021 01:17
This is an interesting album, but I feel it's a bit overrated. Some moments are fantastic, others feel a bit sloppy/underachieving. Worth a listen for sure, but not the refined masterpiece others are making it out to be.
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From 01/26/2021 15:36
One of the most beautiful album of the 70's. Criminally underrated.
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From 09/10/2020 21:45
The best written and executed album from The Beach Boys, aside from Pet Sounds and Smile.
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From 06/07/2020 09:59
Excellent psychedelic album by The Beach Boys where the approach feels more mature and deeper. Many good tracks including the opener and title track.
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From 05/18/2020 07:05
This is a lush and easy going album for the most part, but not in the usual beach boys easygoing manner. You can definitely sense the maturity from the rest of the members after the pet sounds/smile experiences, and it’s still experiemental, while being memorable. Feel Flows is one of the best Beach Boys songs ever. The only song that’s average is Take a Load Off Your Feet.
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From 12/07/2018 11:20
A much better album than Sunflower (which I find totally flat). There are some interesting tracks on this one especially Feel Flows.
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From 09/02/2018 21:35
The first few songs have a perfect contrast between the vocals and the background music, the first being happy and the latter being sad, which creates a beautiful mellow feeling. “Long Promised Road” is a masterpiece. “Disney Girls” is a real tearjerker. After you’ve skipped “Student Demonstration Time”, there is a rather spiritual part in the album, which slowly transcends into depressing when you arrive at “Til I Die”. And then “Surf’s Up”, which is of course an amazing song.
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