Pet Sounds Track-by-track IV: Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)

One of the genius aspects of Pet Sounds is Brian’s ability to create deep emotion through music alone. And although Tony Asher’s evocative lyric creates the mood of deep emotion through physical intimacy, the song is all about things that go beyond words -hence the centerpiece being Brian’s aching vocal and the throbbing bass heartbeat. At a superficial level, we know that Brian’s basslines were hugely influential on the Beatles, but here there is even more than that -the use of music to express the highest order of romantic love.

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