Listening to Pet Sounds for the first time

Interns at NPR listen to classic albums. Here’s one about the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds:

Once through, there was little about Pet Sounds that I found especially compelling. I liked it, but it didn’t immediately seem like something I would frequently reach for. But I figured I owed it at least a couple more spins.

That’s when I started to notice just how pretty the record really is. The vocal harmonies that everyone loves so much, and the many textured layers, began to draw me in. It’s easy to gloss over all of the sounds, instruments, and melodies in the mix because they’re blended so seamlessly.

Then she talks about how much she loves God Only Knows – and rightfully so.