I’ve finally got it – The Beach Boys’s That’s Why God Made The Radio

Today me and the missus went over to Westfield Stratford to buy my birthday gift – The Beach Boy’s first new album with Brian Wilson since the 80s, That’s Why God Made The Radio. Granted, Brian didn’t really have much involvement in Beach Boys albums since the infamous events around Smile but still, he did have a few gems here and there when he really set his mind to it.

I’ve been listening to the new album on repeat for over five hours today and have gotten pretty immersed in the music. I’ll write up my impressions of the album soon (probably a couple of days later while I work on my post-E3 impressions).

In the meantime, you can always check out my track by track review of the album based on 30-second sample snippets of each track.


The Beach Boys – That’s Why God Made The Radio – My impressions of their first new single in decades

The Beach Boys circa 2012

The Beach Boys circa 2012

I officially have a new song to have on infinite loop – The Beach Boys, my favourite band of all time, have released the first single of their 50th anniversary reunion – That’s Why God Made The Radio.

It’s phenomenal to hear the living members together again harmonising over the microphones. The blend is still there, the magic is still there.

The first time you hear it, you may think to yourself, “this is pretty mild. Nothing too special about it.” Then you listen again. And again. And again. And pretty soon you find yourself lost in a sea of harmonies and humming along to the different parts. The soaring vocals in classic Brian Wilson-style provide a gentle cover for the song while Mike’s understated smooth bass vocals lend a track an earthy feel to give the track some grounding.

Alan Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks round off the track perfectly. The ending, particularly from 2:22 to 2:35, brings to mind memories of similar vocal masterpieces from tracks like God Only Knows and Good Vibrations. A brilliant way to end the track and to repair their reputation as America’s foremost vocal band of all time.

Wonderful. Simply won- won- won- wonderful.