Segue Myles Posted December 9, 2022 Share Posted December 9, 2022 (edited) 22 minutes ago, J2112YYZ said: What made the album so influential? As I said, never seen or heard it talked about anywhere else. Hard to explain. First of all, it is an early classic example of an album made to be a experience, not just hits and fillers (which, let's face it, was BB's bread and butter before this). Hugely experimental songwriting, production, vocal arrangements, huge lashings of melancholy. The album went on to massively inspire The Beatles to only further explore their ambitions, as well as many other bands. Personally, the album is revered but has never been a massive seller. It's beloved by many musicians and producers. It has some classic songs but the albums deeper cuts are rarely played. It is not an in your face album, it's not overplayed, it's a wonderful record full of charm, very of its time, though stillbursting with infectious creativity. I think people who hate on it are missing the point. It paved the way for many musicians to explore their craft further, subsequently directly pushing rock and pop production ahead many notches. But whatever, you can dislike it but it's definitely not derivative or formulaic. It's been borrowed from so much it's hard to hear it today with a fresh perspective. However, I grew up with Beach Boys singles. Discovering this album was a real joyful surprise. It's worth noting this wasn't a blockbuster smash when it came out. Commercially it was something of a setback for them, and critics weren't massively fussed either. But fellow musicians of the era admired it and it slowly found a cult fandom. It's only grown in stature over time. I think it has appeal for music fans. No songs about surfing here. In fact it's a very introspective pop recording, and it's interesting that indie/emo/post-punk bands often cite this as a major influence. In Flames even said that the last albums closing number, Stay With Me, was written after the frontman spent some time with this record and absorbed it. Bear in mind this was the mid sixties, most bands and artists were chasing big hits, bops, instant smashes. These are some of this albums lyrics, which are the antithesis of all music listeners expected of them back then: I know perfectly well I'm not where I should be I've been very aware You've been patient with me Every time we break up You bring back your love to me And after all I've done to you How can it be You still believe in me I try hard to be more What you want me to be But I can't help how I act When you're not here with me I try hard to be strong But sometimes I fail myself And after all I've promised you So faithfully You still believe in me I wanna cry . . . Edited December 9, 2022 by Segue Myles 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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