Patrick Bateman Reviews Pet Sounds
Do you like the Beach Boys? I find their early work too shallow, too…idealized. It wasn’t until Pet Sounds in ’66 that the band really came into their own.
In a way, it mocks their previous work by using the band’s recognizably upbeat sound to explore far more serious issues. Crissy, face this way so the camera won’t see your protruding vertebrae.
This is especially noticeable in “That’s Not Me” and “Don’t Talk,” which rejects the group’s rapturous and declarative love songs to find deeper meaning in what isn’t said. If she can’t breathe then take the pen and punch a hole in the bag, Simone–I don’t care if you hit her face.
I take “God Only Knows” to be their undisputed masterpiece. In it, Brian Wilson addresses the risks of commitment and devotion, as Tony Asher’s lyrics further the theme of uncertainty found in such songs as “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “You Still Believe in Me.” Oh Christ, just press her face down so the blood won’t stain the pima sheets.
“Here Today” is much darker in tone, using a catchier tune to sarcastically comment on the transientness of relationships, while “Hang on to Your Ego,” “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times,” and “Caroline, No” reflect on the feelings of self-delusion, alienation, and hopelessness.NOW LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE!!! ALL OVER THE %$@#ING PILLOWS! THOSE ARE BAMBOO-FIBER, YOU STUPID LITTLE @&%!!! I’LL TEAR YOUR $#%ING THROAT OUT!!!