That's Why God Made the Radio The recently rebooted pop legends' most engaged, least cripplingly nostalgic album since 1977's Love You finds Brian Wilson and various surrogates pondering celebrity ("The Private… That's Why God Made the Radio The recently rebooted pop legends' most engaged, least cripplingly nostalgic album since 1977's Love You finds Brian Wilson and various surrogates pondering celebrity ("The Private… 2012-06-05 The Beach Boys Pop Capitol
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That's Why God Made the Radio (2012)

BACK TO THE BEACH From cult of celebrity to power of harmony, Wilson and the gang explore a range of topics while abandoning nostalgic tunes…
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BACK TO THE BEACH From cult of celebrity to power of harmony, Wilson and the gang explore a range of topics while abandoning nostalgic tunes for tracks about the beach
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jun 05, 2012; Lead Performance: The Beach Boys; Genre: Pop; Production: Capitol

The recently rebooted 
 pop legends' most engaged, least cripplingly nostalgic album since 1977's Love You finds Brian Wilson and various surrogates pondering celebrity (''The Private Life of Bill and 
 Sue'') and the healing power of harmony, as both musical succor and balm for universal brotherhood. That's Why God Made the Radio also has the most songs about the beach since 1963's Surfer Girl; one hazy standout reaches the shocking-to-Brian conclusion that Santa Monica Beach might be part of a ''Strange World.'' When he takes over on lead vocals, Mike Love sings Wilson's sometimes bleak sentiments sunnily — which makes them 
 all the more unsettling. B+

Best Tracks:
Supremely catchy Isn't It Time
Hallucinatory Summer's Gone

Originally posted Jun 06, 2012 Published in issue #1211 Jun 15, 2012 Order article reprints