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Album review: The Beach Boys 'That's Why God Made the Radio'

Album review: The Beach Boys ‘That's Why God Made the Radio'
BY GENE TRIPLETT Published: June 1, 2012


The Beach Boys ‘That's Why God Made the Radio' (Capitol)

The senior citizens of the mythic land of sun, surf and endless summer can still issue good vibrations like it's 1966, and their 50th anniversary reunion album is awash with sparkling waves of the Beach Boy's trademark five-part harmonies and big brother Brian Wilson's majestically complex arrangements and production.

“That's Why God Made the Radio” is Wilson's first record with the band in 16 years, and the first in decades to feature all of the surviving original members — Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, plus guitarist David Marks, who appeared as a temporary Jardine replacement on the first four Beach Boys albums, and longtime keyboardist / vocalist Bruce Johnston.

And it's like they never split, no one ever had a mental breakdown and none of those lawsuits ever happened. Their voices blend as smoothly as ever on the wordless opening theme, a somewhat melancholy-sounding 90 seconds of French horn- and piano-accompanied harmonic melody called “Think About the Days.”

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