That’s Why God Made The Radio Track-by-track VII: Daybreak Over The Ocean

S0 we’re the Web Page For Mike Love, reviewing what is effectively a solo song by Michael Edward Love, and the only track on That’s Why God Made The Radio not co-written by Brian.

It’s probably not coincidental that the Mike solo compositions on Beach Boys albums are mostly pretty decent, and in the case of Big Sur, sometimes rather nice- it may have something to do with Mike writing from his heart, as opposed to doing something that fans might expect. Daybreak is more in the pretty decent camp; it’s a slow nostalgic ballad with a fairly memorable melody. It might be one of the weaker tracks on the album (for me, not the weakest), but it fits in well with the overall mood of the album and certainly doesn’t make one lurch for the fast forward button. Remember, Mike Love is a Wilson once-removed!

3 Responses to “That’s Why God Made The Radio Track-by-track VII: Daybreak Over The Ocean”

  1. Tom says:

    Or ‘Get out your checkbooks, guys, the estate of Ersel Hickey has come asking for their share of “Bluebirds Over the Mountain” royalties. If this were a vinyl lp, this would be the kick-in for side two. As it is, it contributes to the sag perceived by many. Not terrible, just there killing time.

  2. Peter says:

    This is an absolutely useless throwaway number, diluting the middle section of the album to the extremity. I cannot see any reason for its inclusion, other than the concession to the author.

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