A disappointing look-back for fans
The Beach Boys' latest album, That's Why God Made the Radio, is a celebration of their 50th anniversary. Through many ups and downs, the band is as iconic as ever, with a world tour and a stop in Hong Kong two weeks ago.
That's Why God Made the Radio
The Beach Boys' latest album, , is a celebration of their 50th anniversary. Through many ups and downs, the band is as iconic as ever, with a world tour and a stop in Hong Kong two weeks ago.
The album is a comfortable listen. The first track, , reintroduces the Boys as dreamy, haunting voices who pride themselves on vocal harmonies. But with not many lyrics, the short tune is a confusing mesh of humming ad-libs and sedating piano chords.
The title track is better, and shows off their talents, as the radio-filtered vocals add a certain retro quality. As the tune builds, layers of falsetto are blended into the structure, creating an abstract, resort-like grunge that perfectly fits the requirements of indie rock.
is an emotional piece about the Boys' struggles: "Summer's gone, gone with yesterday/our dream holds on for those who still have more to say." It's a light, easy tune that sounds effortless, timeless, but sadly, not flawless. The trite lyrics and nostalgic theme fails to impress.
Overall, the album will clearly be a hit among loyal fans but won't make a major impact on the rest of us.