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That's Why God Made The Radio

The Beach Boys

That's Why God Made The Radio

The surviving members, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston, with a collection of new material to mark their 50th anniversary

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  1. 9.0 |   The AU Review

    They can remain comforted that their last effort was as worthy as any other
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  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    At its best so wistfully reliving our golden yesterdays. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s a remarkable improvement on Wilson’s recent solo work
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  4. 7.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    The album as a whole isn’t flawless, yet by sounding utterly enchanting during its climax it leaves a listener feeling genuinely touched. From a such legendary band, you could ask for nothing more
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  5. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Not a top-tier Beach Boys album. But it’s neither a reach nor hyperbole to say this final suite is among the strongest, most affecting music Wilson has ever recorded. It seems right that his old bandmates are a part of it
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  6. 7.0 |   DIY

    Whilst this might not be what God actually made the radio for, if this record turns out to actually be their swansong, then it's a far more fitting end to the story than 'Stars And Stripes Volume 1' ever would have been
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  7. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    An immensely satisfying and interesting outing from a group long thought to have transformed into a living jukebox. It’s better than it has any right to be, and that’s a wonderful contradiction in itself
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  8. 6.0 |   Paste Magazine

    While Radio does find the good ol’ boys harmonizing together again (with a subtle sweetness that effortlessly recalls their glory days), it’s a Beach Boys album only because Wilson willed it to be
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  9. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Encapsulates all that’s good and all that’s bad about The Beach Boys
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  10. 6.0 |   NME

    It's good to have them back - but only just
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  11. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The album is an un- even but deeply touching work by a clearly flawed Great Band – one that, at its best, always aimed for the heavens, even if it didn't always reach them
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  12. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    There are glimpses of the old chemistry but these are only fleeting echoes of a more glorious past
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  13. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    At times when those voices blend together majestically you can only swoon at the beauty of the music, but too often flaccid musical ideas and maudlin lyrics spoil this Beach Boys party
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  14. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Approach with caution. But approach
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  15. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Exquisite beauty nestles alongside stuff that's wildly misjudged, painful honesty alongside the constant burnishing of a myth about youth and sunshine
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  16. 6.0 |   music OMH

    As mixed a bag as their latest offering is, you can't help but feel that, like Calippos, The Beach Boys will forever be an intrinsic part of summer
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  17. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    It won’t stand up to their best work, but it could comfortably slot next to patchy mid-‘70s efforts like Surf’s Up or Sunflower
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  18. 5.8 |   A.V. Club

    The album summons up some of the old magic when the group gets ambitious on the three-song album-closing suite
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  19. 5.0 |   Uncut

    Even Wilson's melancholy feels calculated. Print edition only

  20. 5.0 |   BBC

    Whereas once this was a group whose effervescence gave their music the sparkle of life, today The Beach Boys are merely slick and anodyne
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  21. 5.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It isn’t terrible or embarrassing, it is just a bit safe, and subsequently washed over me. Saying that, it does contain the odd spark and flicker of life
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  22. 5.0 |   Under The Radar

    In the end, That's Why God Made the Radio isn't a bad album. It's just not the album everyone wanted. And, if the final third of the album is any indication, it's not even the best album this collection of musicians can make
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  23. 4.0 |   The Independent

    It's pitifully thin stuff
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  24. 2.0 |   Blurt

    No, that's why God made the CD player's "skip" and "program" buttons
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