Pet Sounds, the 11th album released by surfer rock idols The Beach Boys in 1966, set the standard for the ultimate pop-and-rock sound.
It ranked second in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Utilizing a myriad of “found sounds” (including the eponymous animal noises, aka dogs barking at the very end), silky vocal harmonies, and classic rock structure of guitars and drums, Pet Sounds plays easy on our poor, overly-exposed-to-autotune ears. Dig deeper and listen to the pleading, plaintive lyricism and innovative baroque musical juxtaposition crafted by lead singer Brian Wilson (who wrote and composed the whole album) and you’ll see why it remains popular to this day.
Deceptively sunny: “Here Today”