Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds

  title={Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds},
  author={Philip Lambert},
  journal={Twentieth-Century Music},
  pages={109 - 133}
Abstract Pet Sounds, the landmark Beach Boys album of 1966, has received wide acclaim as one of rock’s first ‘concept albums’. It also represents a milestone in the artistic evolution of the group’s primary creative force, Brian Wilson. A thorough examination of the texts and music of the songs of Pet Sounds reveals a unified art work projecting a coherent textual narrative. Songs are associated and interrelated via recurrent motives and harmonic patterns, expressing extremely personal themes… 

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