Best Surfer Gifts – New Beach Boys Album

6 Jul

Surfers love The Beach Boys. What’s not to love?  All-time harmonies, chill melodies, and relevant lyrics that eventually call out our favorite surf spots.  Doheny and San Onofre are two of mine.  They’re covered.  I always wondered why they left out Trestles.  Maybe it was a secret spot back then?  Anyway…

When The Beach Boys issued their press release about an upcoming album and world tour to celebrate their 50th Anniversary, I was filled with dread and trepidation.  Who wasn’t?  Another washed up band from way ago trying to cash in.  How bad were they going to sound?

Then they show up on the Grammy’s, and with the help from about 20 other voices to help cover up what surely was their lack of remaining ability to harmonize, they squeaked out a compilation of old tunes.  I was further discouraged.  Maybe the new album was going to be another “best of” compilation?  Who needs that? We all own all the Beach Boys music ever made?

So when the album finally showed up on Amazon.com for $5.00 on a download, I decided to take the risk.  And was rewarded with goosebumps.  How could the Beach Boys, geriatric in the truest sense of the word, possibly sound this good after 50-years?

The harmonies are perfect, the lyrics are magical, and the music is tight. The songs range from classic 60’s pop in ‘That’s Why God Made the Radio’, ‘Isn’t It Time’, and ‘Spring Vacation’, (an ode to the band getting back together), to the currently insightful ‘The Private Life of Bill and Sue’ where they contemplate reality television, to the more reflective and slower ‘From There to Back Again’, ‘Pacific Coast Highway’ and ‘Summer’s Gone’.  The latter three songs at the end of the album seem to satisfy the music snobs of the world that actually think Brian Wilson’s ‘Smile” album was a work of genius, and not the last gasps of a brilliant man slipping into the firm grip of insanity.  Barn Animals?  Really? But nevertheless, he has obviously managed to regain his faculties and has produced a masterpiece.  Get it now at the link below.

Amazon price at time of this writing:

Audio CD – $11.88

That’s Why God Made the Radio

MP3 Download – $7.99

That’s Why God Made the Radio

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