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Wouldn't It Be Nice?,
This review is from: Pet Sounds [2000 Re-issue] (Audio CD)
In some of its concepts this album isn't original; Rubber Soul was Brian's bellwether album and introduced him to the idea of creating an album as an entire concept, and Spector (Brian's long held nemesis) was the original creator of the 'Wall Of Sound' method of recording, which is basically the entire crux of this album. It also doesn't contain arguably Brian's greatest masterpeice 'Good Vibrations', which will probably always be held as the most complex, well structured, well written pop song ever made.
But just listen to this album. Every argument you could muster to put this album down, or to underrate it, will just float away on a bed of the most melancholy, beautiful, twisted, but strangely uplifting pop music ever made. This album isn't just about the notes and words, nor is it about techniques and musical 'sleight of hand'. It's entirely about perception, it allows you to look into the soul of not only Brian, but yourself. If there was ever such a thing as musical therapy this is it!
This album is essential to any collection worth its salt and if this has given you a taste for Brian, I would certainly recommend the double album ' Sunflower/ Surf's Up', under Brother Records. Brian actually was only involved in 3 of the songs on Sunflower, but they are instantly recognisable. Listen to 'Forever' and you'll never need another love song...