AllMusic calls the compilation "a fascinating, educational listen, even if it's not necessarily indispensable."  Q gave the "enlightening" box set a perfect score and wrote that "the backing music tracks sans vocals opens your ears to a bevy of awe-inspiring nuances previously obscured by singing. At the same time, the isolated vocal tracks are nothing less than spiritual in their emotive wallop."  The New York Observer ' s D. Strauss called the stereo mix "pointless", adding, "I must admit that, as a music geek, listening to Mr. Wilson hold myriad consultations on when to beep the bicycle horn in 'You Still Believe in Me' carries a portentous thrill". 
Author Michael Zager wrote that Pet Sounds resembles Spector's productions more than it does Rubber Soul , and that it recycles many of Spector's Wall of Sound production watermarks.  [nb 12] Wilson talked of Spector's influence on his work, having learned how to produce records through attending his sessions, and in a 1988 interview, Wilson asserted that the album aspired to "extend" Spector's music, that "in one sense of the word, we [the Beach Boys] were his messengers."  In Pet Sounds , Wilson sought to emulate Spector's Wall of Sound, driven by his fascination with "combining one [sound] to make another ... It's amazing".  Shortly before the album's release, Wilson spoke of recent popular music trends, saying "[They] helped the Beach Boys evolve. We listen to what's happening and it affects what we do too. The trends have influenced my work, but so has my own scene."  In 1996, Wilson said of his partnership with Asher: "none of us looked back ... We went forward, kind of like on our own little wavelength. It wasn't like we were thinking, 'Okay, let's beat Spector,' let's out-do Motown .' It was more what I would call exclusive collaboration not to specifically try to kick somebody's butt, but just to do it the way you really want it to be. That's what I thought we did."  [nb 13]
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