So a few things… First off, Jason informed me I did not choose as well as I could have for Dream Theater, so I promise to go back and do one of their classics. I should have checked with Jason or Barry first, so forgive me. FORGIVE ME… I did not mean to let you down.
Sorry… I was being dramatic there… And… scene!
Second, I will get to a new hookup from Denise… Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears… another retro sounding group that kicks some party ass!
In the meantime… Happy 4th. I was going to do Born In The USA and all of it’s politically tinged patriotism… but I opted for this one. I know… Marc not doing Bruce??? What gives? But the fact is I did that one back in October of last year, and I have yet to repeat, so there you go.
The Beach Boys – That’s Why God Made The Radio
I will be honest, I was not expecting much from a new Beach Boys album. In fact, I did not even listen to it until today. I know, I know… Sometimes even I am bad. Especially so because… I really, really dig it.
Look, I saw them playing live… I know the studio is enhancing a lot of the vocals… sorry, boys, but you do not sound THAT good… and on this record you sound REALLY GOOD. It’s cool, it’s fine…
Thanks for making such a great record so far in. That is sadly rare, but much appreciated.
Happy 4th to all of you… be safe… enjoy your BBQ and remember that this country really is something special. So are The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson.
Music is part of our history, part of our birth and such a vital part of our fabric. We just need a little spit and polish and to all remember why this truly is the greatest country in the world. I think we have all forgotten a bit. Today is the day to remember and celebrate!
AllMusic nails this one…
“Plans for the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary tour came together surprisingly quickly, but nothing prepared fans for a full studio album just six months after their official reunion. Further surprises included apparently cordial relations between all surviving members, Brian Wilson in the producer’s booth, the presence of 12 original songs on the album, and the complete absence of any attempt to cash in on fond memories of “Kokomo” or Endless Summer or “Do It Again” or “Help Me, Rhonda” — depending on which generation the band might want to court. That’s Why God Made the Radio is as good as it gets for those who love their Beach Boys. It includes frequently gorgeous charts from Wilson and just a little sweetening to the songs (musically with help from Wilson’s regular band and arranger Paul Mertens, lyrically with help from Joe Thomas and Jim Peterik). The album is a record of two halves — or sides, in case the band was thinking back to famous side-by-side classics like 1965′s Today! The first half is mostly upbeat, with highlights “Isn’t It Time” and the title track evoking pleasant curios from late-’60s LPs likeWild Honey or Friends. The second half is largely reflective, with songs that reveal the band’s feelings about time passing and life ending (much more than any other material in their entire careers). Granted, no latter-day Beach Boys record comes without missteps, but fortunately there are only two. “Spring Vacation” is embarrassingly chummy, with the lines “As for the past, it’s all behind us/Happier now, look where life finds us/Singing our songs is enough reason/Harmony boys is what we believe in/Some said it wouldn’t last/All we can say is we’re still having a blast.” Meanwhile, the downright odd “Private Life of Bill and Sue” takes a fictional couple into the reality-show realm for a misguided cultural critique. For those worried about either Love or Wilson dominating the proceedings, it’s clear to see that not only Wilson gets his moment in the sun. For Mike Love, it’s “Daybreak Over the Ocean,” which could have come off as an update of “Kokomo”‘s tropical motif (with Mike crooning a little too close to your ear), but is thankfully treated very lightly. For Al Jardine, it’s “From There to Back Again,” easily the most beautiful song on the album, a Side 2 ballad epic that Wilson frames impeccably around Jardine’s voice, aging but still sweet. (It ranks as one of their best ballads since the ’60s.) These may not be the songs that will ever light up their live sets, but together they form what is easily the best Beach Boys record in 35 years — and a surprisingly cohesive, reflective, listenable one at that.”