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

With a beautiful tune, and a universal sentiment, Shelter is a very good song. It would have been a standout on some Beach Boys albums, and on many other records, but here it is only top of the second tier.

The vocal interplay between Brian and Jeff Foskett that reminds one of the classic early Brian/Mike duets, but with Brian now in a reversed role. The production is possibly a bit too AOR, and a more “classic” Brian touch may have taken this to the top rung. But if this is the sort of tune Brian is bringing out as his standard, happy days are definitely back!

2 Responses to “That’s Why God Made The Radio Track-by-track VI: Shelter”

  1. Tom says:

    Agreed. This is the point in this album where I find myself questioning what else might have gone here. They reportedly did a version of “Don’t Fight the Sea” and with Carl’s original vocal (apart from the one that ended up on Al’s album?), that might have been a nice tribute. Or one wonders what else Brian had earmarked for the group.

  2. Peter says:

    Very soothing, reassuring piece, both musically and of course, through its lyrics. Can be read as a mature and affirming response to the “In My Room”. One of my personal favorites on the album.

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