That’s Why God Made The Radio Track-by-track IX: Strange World

Strange World is a bridge between the fun-in-the-sun of Beaches In Mind and the emotional-laden and wonderful trio of songs that ends of the album – a “John The Baptist” song in a way.

We’re might still be at the beach, but instead of the good times, we see the “uninvited who’ve lost their way.” The track invokes an unsettled world, where people are looking for love and security in a place where things aren’t always what they seem.

The protagonist finds some security in his/her love, which seems to help make some sense of the strangeness out there, but there is still a sense of unease, and a world that will never make sense.

Musically, it’s a solid tune and production, with the lovely touch of a bicycle bell that hearkens back, whether consciously or not, to You Still Believe In Me. Overall, it’s a lovely, quirky Brian Wilson tour, with the additional layer of lovely Beach Boys harmony, and a prophetic entrance to the even greater glories of the next three cuts.

2 Responses to “That’s Why God Made The Radio Track-by-track IX: Strange World”

  1. Tom says:

    Better than the two preceding cuts but I think it’s still part of that mid-album slump. Maybe it will sound better in time. For now, it just makes me want to jump ahead for the ‘suite”.

  2. Heath Whiley says:

    For some reason it reminds me of Dennis Wilson in the latter years of his life. Isn’t Santa Monica Pier where the ‘Harmony’ was moored?

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