"In a move that would've pleased Andy Warhol, Wilson recruited an advertising copywriter to come up with the album's lyrics. In a move that would've pleased a Dadaist, he rattled listeners' sense of sonic possibility. On 'God Only Knows,' he contrived the clip-clop of horses' hooves using a bottle. Elsewhere, he integrated banjo, bass harmonica, electric bass, kettledrums, and more.
"But the result was regarded by many—including some of the Beach Boys who sang on it—as too ambitious for its own good."
Upon the fiftieth anniversary of Pet Sounds, Jason Guriel at The Atlantic assesses the album's legacy.