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The Beach Boys' harmonies and Brian Wilson's melodic sense are together again on record for the first time in 16 years. The band are no longer 'boys' by any definition, but they sound refreshingly high-spirited, with those sweet falsetto notes still capable of breaking even a cynic's heart. "Think About The Days" introduces the collection with a wordless vocal ensemble and a delicate piano. The album plays into the band's unique strengths, with sounds only modernized in the sense that they are recorded as well as 2012 allows. The title track, a catchy pop song with an intense vocal weave, retains its roots in the golden age of 1960s pop. "The Private Life of Bill and Sue" skewers reality-shows, but it's the gorgeous harmonies that guide the tune to the light. "Shelter" defies gravity and time. "Strange World" and "Pacific Coast Highway" express Brian Wilson's alienation with the world around him in the most beauteous of ways. The album is a major event for fans: A satisfyingly complete selection of tunes done as only the Beach Boys can.

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A good album, and definitely better than anything they've put out in years. But here's the secret: tucked away at the very end is a three-song suite that plays like something straight from Pet Sounds. This isn't just a rehash of their fun but typical 60s surfer-pop. No, these three tunes -- There to Back Again, Pacific Coast Highway and Summer's Gone -- when taken together form a cohesive and worthy addition to the entire canon of pop-rock music. I'll bet Mike Love hated them.

Beach Boys That's Why God Made The Radio

The Beach Boys are timeless. They are just as amazing as they were 50 years ago.


This album is amazing. If you are a fan a just plain old good music, look no further because Brain Wilson has done it again! Brain has such an incredible sense of melody and harmony that no one else can really copy. This is another great album to put in your Beach Boy collection!


Formed: 1961 in Hawthorne, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Beginning their career as the most popular surf band in the nation, the Beach Boys finally emerged by 1966 as America's preeminent pop group, the only act able to challenge (for a brief time) the overarching success of the Beatles with both mainstream listeners and the critical community. From their 1961 debut with the regional hit "Surfin'," the three Wilson brothers -- Brian, Dennis, and Carl -- plus cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine constructed the most intricate, gorgeous harmonies ever...
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That's Why God Made the Radio, The Beach Boys
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Arena Rock, Pop, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Jun 01, 2012

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