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Album Review: The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds


Ahsab Rahman


Released in 1966, The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds is one of the greatest albums of all time. From the beginning to the very end, this album is lush, ethereal, and gorgeous — a beautiful presentation of melodies that will definitely please your ear.Pet Sounds is not only one of the best pop-rock albums ever created but it is also a trailblazer for the progressive and art-rock genre. This is the album that inspired The Beatles to make Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band — indicating how much of an influential and avant-garde album this is in the history of music.

Brian Wilson kept his promise to his wife Marilyn by making an album that became a landmark moment in rock music history. The composition and production of this album are just so crisp, ear-pleasing, and richly symphonic that you won’t be able to skip a single song. There are conventional keyboards and guitars, wonderful touches of orchestrated strings, flutes, harpsichords — everything blends into something truly melodic. The album has that unique sound that separates it from any other baroque pop or psychedelic pop album. You can feel that the band poured their heart and soul into this record. This is even considered to be a pioneering concept album that deals with adolescence love and heartbreak. There’s pure melancholia throughout the record.

The opening song sets the mood for the album as Brian sings, “Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older? Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long.” Love is a subject matter that is present throughout the album, but it ends on a rather unhappy note as Brian keeps on expressing his dissatisfaction and disappointment regarding his affair. The entire album is a masterpiece, but if I had to choose a few tracks as my favourites from this album, I’d say Caroline No, God Only Knows, Hold On To Your Ego, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Don…no wait, I think I’m naming every single song. Well, forget it. Pet Sounds is really close to my heart and I like to revisit this album quite often. If you haven’t given this record a listen, please do. You will not be disappointed.


Ahsab likes to spend time thinking about how the manga “Nana” could have continued and daydreaming about getting Eminem’s blessings to start his own rap career.

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