Wouldn't It Be Nice
Right off the bat it's way better than their 'Today' album. The music is intricate, it's interesting, and the harmonies are not just big and full - but they're complex as well. The music complexity is raised to the n'th degree, it's an amazing change. There are tempo changes, the recording quality is far superior, but it's the harmonies that provide counter melodies that really make it amazing. Absolutely phenomenal.
God Only Knows
It's one of the most beautiful songs ever written. If you've never heard the song, it's an absolute must listen. What's amazing not only about this album but particularly about this song is the sheer genius of the work. It's unlike anything else before it's time, it's amazing how they can do so many things and yet keep it so fluid. While this album may be full of songs that are musically brilliant, this song matches it lyrically. That's why it's in a league of it's own, I could listen to it a hundred times in a row and still hear something new each and every time, but the main theme is still very concrete to someone listening for the first time.
All in all, I don't know what else you could ask for from an album. Anything I say as a negative to this album would only be classified as extreme nitpicking. It's phenomenally written, it's phenomenally recorded, it's about as close to perfect as you can get. If we threw in points for historical relevance, this album would be off the charts. Forget being a Beach Boys fan, if you're a fan of music and you've never heard this album - you absolutely need to.
Tomorrow's album: The Fray's How To Save A Life.