New Thing #116: Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys



Aside from the hits that everyone knows, I’d never sat down to listen to the entire Pet Sounds album by The Beach Boys before. Ok, I’ll admit it, I’ve never sat down to listen to any entire album by them before. Don’t get me wrong, I love a lot of their music, but they’re not the type of band that I need more than a tune or two of at a time.

But damn it if Rolling Stone Magazine doesn’t slot this album in as the second best ever recorded. In fact, it’s slotted right in between Revolver and Sgt. Peppers by the Beatles; two albums in my top ten. 

So I secluded myself in my bedroom, turned off all the lights and strapped on my stereophonic headphones to try and get in the mood. You know, to really focus on the complexities and undercurrents of the record. And to avoid my mother…wait, I’m not sixteen any more am I?

Maybe my room’s not dark enough or Audrey’s constant renditions of Lady Gaga tunes have burrowed too deeply in my brain because I just don’t get it. The albums fine. But that’s about it. I’m not being harsh, just nothing stood out as being amazing to me on a gut level.


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2 responses to “New Thing #116: Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys

  1. Gillian

    Hmm, I don’t think you can really judge an album in less than three listens. I love Pet Sounds.

  2. Anonymous

    Gillian, I hear you. There are some albums that I love today that I never managed to latch on to when I first listened to them. However, as a new thing I have to be honest about how I felt after having experienced it. Just because you make that point though I’ll make sure to give it at least a second listen tomorrow. But there is just no way you’ll ever convince me that this is anywhere near as good a listen as Revolver is. 🙂

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