CD review: 'That's Why God Made The Radio'
It's been 16 years since the last Beach Boys album (not counting The Smile Sessions, which finally saw the light of day a year ago), but if you're looking for happy tunes like Good Vibrations, this isn't for you. It sounds like more of a farewell from the last remaining Wilson (Dennis died in 1983, Carl in 1998) and his band.
The title track, written by Brian Wilson over a decade and a half ago, shares space with new material like Isn’t It Time and Shelter. On the dark Strange World, he gives us a glimpse into his private hell: ‘On Santa Monica city pier, we watch the people who gather here, the uninvited who’ve lost their way, and now we’re all here to stay.’ The album resonates far beyond its 40-minute mark, testament to the fact that the Boys still have a bit of magic left in them.
— That’s Why God Made The Radio, The Beach Boys, EMI, Rs 395