Monday, May 3, 2010

Pet Sounds

I’m trying to take advantage of as much as possible before Apple shuts it down by listening to albums I’ve always wanted to hear but didn’t want to buy.

Today I’m listening to Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys. I’d heard that it was supposedly one of the best albums of all time, and somewhere I’d read a description of it that summed up as something like “an album of the most upbeat songs about depressing topics.”

Both of those descriptions pretty much sum up the album. It’s really good and the juxtaposition of tempo and subject matter really is fascinating. Most of the songs are so popular, I knew them and had no idea they were from Pet Sounds. Apparently, Brian Wilson was inspired by The Beatles Rubber Soul to make a cohesive album instead of a collection of songs. Then Paul McCartney was so inspired by Pet Sounds that out popped Sgt. Peppers. (Wikipedia).

In any case, if you want to listen to it, go to LaLa before the end of the month.


  1. For $10 a month, you can listen to all the music you want at Rhapsody. For $15 a month, you can download as much as you want onto your MP3 player. Uh, but not your iPod. And it includes streaming. Which iTunes doesn't. Just so ya know...

  2. Ah, yes, great album. Thanks for reminding me. I love "Wouldn't It Be Nice," of course, but isn't "Sloop John B." is about mass watery death? If so, that jumps up like 10 notches in my book.


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