Pet Sounds

I should start by saying that I’m not even going to attempt a review; I’m just not qualified.  However, I’ve been listening to this album a lot lately, and the sheer genius of it is staggering.  I find myself mulling over the following questions, though:  would I appreciate this album if I knew nothing about Brian Wilson and his struggles?  To what degree is my appreciation of this work dependent on my loose familiarity with the author’s story, and (more importantly) projection of my own?  I guess the same question could be asked of any work of art; that’s probably the point of art, actually – to locate yourself in it.

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