Do you think the D.A.R.E. Keepin it Real program was effective? Why or why not?
The Beach Boys Today!is the eighth studio album by the Americanband, released March 8, 1965 on. It signaled a departure from their previous records with its orchestral sound, intimate subject matter, and abandonment of car or surf songs. Side one features an uptempo sound, while side two consists mostly of introspective. Supported by this thematic approach, the record became an early example of a rockand established the group asrather than just a singles band. It has since become regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time.
The album was produced,, and largely written bywith additional lyrics by. Most of it was recorded in January 1965 with the aid of over 25 studio musicians shortly after Wilson had suffered a nervous breakdown and stopped touring with his bandmates. Building on the advancements of(1964),Today!showcased more refined performances, denser and richer arrangements, slower tempos, longer structures, and influences drawn fromand.
Unlike their prior albums, none of the songs employ just traditional rock instrumentation as accompaniment. Instead, a more eclectic selection of instruments, including,,, and, feature throughout the album. Lyrically, Wilson developed a more personalized, semi-autobiographical approach, with his songs written from the perspective of vulnerable, neurotic, and insecure narrators. The LP includes ““, about a man who acknowledges his cruel treatment of his girlfriend, ““, about a sibling who appears to conflate fraternal and romantic feelings for his younger sister, and ““, a ballad that ends with a breakdown of instruments playing out of sync from each other.
Today!reached number four in the US during a 50-week chart stay and yielded three top 20 singles: “” (number 9), “” (number 8), and “” (number 12). A rerecorded version of ““, issued in April, became the band’s second number-one hit in the US. In the UK, the album was released in April 1966 and peaked at number 6.Today!continues to attract critical acclaim, with commentators usually focusing on the second side of the record, often describing it as a precursor to(1966)