Pet Sounds is, rightly, one of the most celebrated pop albums ever released. It has also been written about, pored over, and analyzed more than most other albums put together.In this disarming book, Jim Fusilli focuses primarily on the emotional core of the album, on Brian Wilson's pitch-perfect cry of despair. In doing so, he brings to life the search for equilibrium and acceptance that still gives Pet Sounds its heart almost four decades after its release.More
Author and music critic for The Wall Street Journal Jim Fusislli takes a look at the Beach Boys landmark 1966 album Pet Sounds. Brian Wilson wanted to push the band further than the vocal harmonies and surf-pop that they excelled at, incorporating literal and figurative bells and whistles into the recording of Pet Sounds, which make it an early herald of psychedelic music and one of the most highly critically acclaimed rock albums of all time. Fusilli discusses the band and recording along with his personal relationship to the idealized view of sunny California with a haunting sadness lurking beneath the waves that the album conveys. Voice actor Victor Bevine gives a strong, engaging performance of the material, making the importance of this album palpable.
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