The Beach Boys - Surf's Up
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Based on 4 reviews
1971 Ratings: #72 / 103
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Based on 116 ratings
1971 Ratings: #20
August 30, 1971 / Release Date
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thomasny18
80
Ok, this is better than Pet Sounds. I actually really like this one. The songs are way more distinct here, making them far more memorable. I still think that it's a tiny bit overrated, but not by much at all. Like, this is still a great album. Also, while I love the album cover, I was somehow expecting an album much darker than what it actually is. Not that I'm disappointed, it just shows that a shouldn't judge something by its cover.
Notorious_Man
82
I just love how this album sounds. If “Ocean Rock” was a genre this is exactly what it would sound like. It’s chockfull of fantastic, moody songs, but what stops it from becoming a full on masterpiece are sillier songs that pop up on occasion by the likes of “Take a Load off Your Feet” (which is still a decent song, just doesn’t fit the album) and “Student Demonstration Time” which is an abomiantion of a rock tune and a miserable attempt to create ... read more
musicmagpie55
79
The boys get a little moodier, the other Beach Boys album that is in constant rotation.

Fantastic album art
AnalVape
70
Surf's Up's first half promises a perfect classic, while the second half struggles to make good on that promise.

Don't Go Near the Water is such a fantastic opening track for Surf's Up. It's a bluesy upbeat track that ends on such a sweet note, it feels like a good night kiss, and the album has just begun. Long Promised Road is also excellent, bringing such a punchy chorus and classic rock feel. If you're a fan of classic rock, the vocals on this track will really tickle your fancy.

Take a ... read more
lemuriams
94
My favorite Beach Boys album and the best album cover of all times (reminds me of the great Baths album cover Obsidian)
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Track List

  1. Don't Go Near the Water
  2. Long Promised Road
  3. Take a Load Off Your Feet
  4. Disney Girls (1957)
  5. Student Demonstration Time
  6. Feel Flows
  7. Lookin' at Tomorrow (A Welfare Song)
  8. A Day in the Life of a Tree
  9. 'Til I Die
  10. Surf's Up
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