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That’s Why God Made The Radio Track-by-track II: That’s Why God Made The Radio

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

It might look it was written by committee, but sometimes committee’s do produce decent results especially when Brian Wilson is a member (Sail On Sailor and Isn’t It Time are other examples). This song is symbolic of the 2012 Beach Boys comeback, being the first single and the title track from the comeback album.

That’s Why God Made The Radio works because it is a nostalgic, heartfelt look at the classic era of pop music -it’s a ballad with an understated arrangement, bar a cranked-up guitar in the middle, which may be a sop to the newer generation of listeners. And with Brian back on the lead vocals and the magic harmonies, you know that the Beach Boys are back.

That’s Why God Made The Radio Track-by-track I: Think About The Days

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

So this post’s  title is a bit of a mouthful -but the Beach Boys new album is good enough to inspire me to do a track-by-track look at all the songs on the album.

The passing of time, and the cycles of life are a recurring theme of this album, and it is reflected in the title and mood, of the track opener, even although there are no lyrics. It’s a throwback to the genesis, family standing around the piano, harmonizing together.

Of course, a lot of time has passed since those early days, and a veritable flood has passed under that bridge. But the simple beauty of those voices in harmony, the piano and the aching French horn of Probyn Gregory at the end give this album just about the best start possible, and a reminder that Brian and the Beach Boys are more than back, they are here to reclaim their crown as one of the greatest musical acts ever.