Pet Sounds Track-by-track III: That’s Not Me

This track takes a further step from the idealised romantic world of Wouldn’t It Be Nice into the real world of being an adult and coming to terms with the dichotomy between independence and belonging to someone. And although the singer acknowledges the importance of proving he could make it alone, ultimately he comes back to the need to be loved and accepted and that “what matters to be is what I could be to just one girl.”

Musically, there is a lot going on as well with more changes of pace and exotic instrumental sounds. Pet Sounds may not be known as a great guitar album, but there are some wonderful sounds that are extracted from rock’s core instrument that add to the atmosphere of this outstanding song.


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