2021 Music Essays

‘Smiley Smile’: The Perfect Summer Soundtrack for a Weird Year

The Beach Boys' 1967 follow-up to the influential masterpiece Pet Sounds is their most bizarre record. The kooky album consists of two huge singles and several short, musical non-sequiturs with off-kilter lyrics on topics like vegetables and women going bald. While it wasn't the ambitious release songwriter Brian Wilson planned, Smiley Smile nevertheless is brilliant and now a cult favorite in the annals of rock history. As 2021 hipsters search for the perfect retro record to play while they celebrate beach-bound pandemic liberation, Smiley Smile stands at attention. The anxiety of self-isolation and re-acclimating to the world at large merits a funny, joyous and strange experience that only Smiley Smile can provide. All these
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