Pet Sounds

What is there to say about the album Pet Sounds performed by The Beach Boys? Many people would say that Pet Sounds was one of the most influential albums in Pop music. We will be discussing the sound of The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson and what his influence on the album was, what makes this album different and unique, and finally some personal opinions on what I think about Pet Sounds.

Before May 1966, when Pet Sounds was released, The Beach Boys were considered mostly to be Surf music or Pop music. It wasn’t until Brian Wilson heard one of the Beatles album, Rubber Soul, that took their sound in a different direction (Anderson, 2006). This new sound would be classified as Psychedelic rock because of the use unconventional instruments.

Brain Wilson is one of the founding members of The Beach Boys and the man behind the making of Pet Sounds. He had taken a break from touring with The Beach Boys and during that break wrote what some people say is the best album of all time, Pet Sounds (Pet Sounds). He was the primary composer in the band and composed all the songs from Pet Sounds. The instrumental part of the song Pet Sounds, was originally intended for a James Bond movie; it was going to called Run James Run.

This album wasn’t like anything that anyone had heard before. Brian had used a multitude of different instruments. To name a few he used bicycle bells, dog whistles, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes, Electro-Theremin, Hawaiian-sounding string instruments, Coca-Cola cans and barking dogs (Pet Sounds). This album was considered to be so great that it inspired on of the greatest bands of all time, The Beatles, to make an album. The Beatles producer George Martin said, “Without Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper never would have happened….Pepper was an attempt to equal Pet Sounds” (Greene, 2014).

After listening to Pet Sounds multiple times here are my thoughts about it. Even though it was considered to be one of the best albums of all time, I wouldn’t totally agree with that statement. When I hear Pet Sounds I don’t hear Psychedelic rock, I hear something that has a folk feel to it and I don’t really relate to that. Although I may not like the music itself I do have to say that the way that it was recorded and engineered is fantastic. Particularly the vocals is what I like the most. In the end I think The Beach Boys and especially Brian Wilson did a great on the album Pet Sounds.


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