Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

WOULDN’T it be nice to live in the fan­tasy world of the Beach Boys? A place where you can cruise down the Pa­cific Coast High­way in a con­vert­ible on the way to the beach with your girl (or guy) lis­ten­ing to your favourite tunes on the ra­dio? The world may have changed since the band first cov­ered that ground, but not in its mu­si­cal fan­tasies. That’s Why God Made the Ra­dio is the first col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween for­merly es­tranged cousins Brian Wil­son and Mike Love — along with Al Jar­dine, Bruce John­stont andd DDa­vi­did MMarksk — since 1996’s Stars and Stripes Vol. 1, and the band wisely sticks to what it does best, groov­ing along to the sunny nos­tal­gia of the 1960s with mel­low pop, sunny har­monies and clas­sic themes about cars, the ra­dio, spring break, the beach and summer.

The best mo­ments are found at the be­gin­ning and end of the al­bum — Pa­cific Coast High­way (the al­bum’s high­light at a mere one-minute and 47 sec­onds), Summer’s Gone, Isn’t it Time and From There and Back Again — all fo­cus on days gone by or try­ing to re­live those mo­ments while Beaches in Mind serves as the al­bum’s Kokomo.

And if you don’t be­lieve the 50th an­niver­sary re­union is noth­ing but a money grab, check out the lyrics to Spring Va­ca­tion: “Spring va­ca­tion/Good vi­bra­tions/Summer weather/We’re back together/ Easy money/Ain’t life funny/Hey what’s it to ya/ Hal­lelu­jah.”

There are no overt snappy stand­out sin­gles like Good Vi­bra­tions, Help Me Rhonda, Bar­bara Ann or Cal­i­for­nia Girls, but for fans of the lat­ter Beach Boys al­bums as a whole as op­posed to the early pop sin­gles, they might want to hit the surf with the Beach Boys again.


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