The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

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HEY DID YOU GUYS KNOW THAT SOMETIMES BRIAN WILSON FELT VERY SAD?!

If you didn't, you must never have heard I Just Wasn't Made for These Times, because he says it about a thousand times in the chorus.

Pet Sounds is one of those albums that I've heard so many good things about that I always wanted to sit down and listen to it. I'm pretty sure it was on my list to check out for this blog even before hearing Let's Go Away For Awhile in the Baby Driver soundtrack. I think in this case it may have been a victim of its own infamy, because aside from the songs I already knew — Wouldn't It Be Nice, Sloop John B, and God Only Knows — I didn't really care for or about Pet Sounds at all. Some of it I even found pretty annoying (see example above).

I kind of get the feeling that this may also be another case of having fallen into the Confederacy of Dunces trap I've written about here and elsewhere. This was a groundbreaking album, but that was 50 years ago. That broken ground has been patched, paved over, and torn up again multiple times. In other words, maybe it's too late for me to truly appreciate it for how ahead of its time it was.

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