Recorded as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, this is the last time we'll hear these guys together in a studio. "That's Why God Made The Radio" might seem a strange name for a farewell album, but after a short and glorious piece of wordless harmony it kicks off with the title track, recalling simpler times when listening to the radio in your car meant so much more than it does today. The songs are mostly steeped in nostalgia, as you would probably expect, but it doesn't stop the band from poking some gentle fun at themselves along the way.
As it reaches its conclusion, a trilogy of interlocking songs turns the mood to a wistful melancholy, a graceful acceptance that all good things eventually come to an end. The rather wonderful "From There To Back Again" meanders into a short piece sung by Brian entitled "Pacific Coast Highway" whose climax is punctuated by a heartfelt group vocal which consists of the single word 'Goodbye'. This gives way to Brian's "Summer's Gone", very poignant and a fitting end. By this time, if you're still unsure, the final few bars of the song leave you in no doubt that The Beach Boys have left the building.
Here's "From There To Back Again", and it sounds like Alan Jardine has waited his entire career to nail his finest vocal delivery:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSf4EYeJ_s0