This vs That Jun 21, 2020 21:23:11 GMT
Post by Kapitan on Jun 21, 2020 21:23:11 GMT
I go SDSN, but not by much. Theses are two very, very good albums. Neither is quite the peak of the band's output--which would be Pet Sounds--but both are not far below it.
While Brian has talked about Rubber Soul influencing him on Pet Sounds to make an album that was strong from start to finish, both of these albums seem to belie that line of reasoning. Yes, they each have at least one piece of filler ("Bull Sessions with Big Daddy" and "I'm Bugged at My Old Man," respectively), both are otherwise at the very least examples of the group doing exactly what Brian said he began attempting later: using good songs and nothing but good songs.
It's in my evaluation of their success in that effort that leads me to prefer SDSN. I don't love the rock-side, ballad-side of Today. I really don't like the version of "Help Me, Ronda" that it includes. I'm not thrilled with the sound--though I love the energy--of "Do You Wanna Dance." And (I say from under cover from the tomatoes and rotten apples likely to be tossed my way) I really don't like "In the Back of My Mind" at all.
Conversely, once the obvious filler is pulled from SDSN, I have no serious complaints. I'd rate every single remaining song above those three I mentioned above. The variety runs from undeniable classics like "California Girls" and "Help Me, Rhonda" to underrated gems like "Let Him Run Wild," "The Girl From NYC," and "Girl Don't Tell Me." Not a bad song in the bunch. Everyone is singing brilliantly, the tracks pop ... it's just an example of a great band very, very near its peak.