Album: The Beach Boys, That's Why God Made the Radio (Capitol)

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Al, Mike, Bruce and, yes, Brian – the surviving Boys properly reunited in authorial bliss... Plus Jeffrey.

A cloudless orgy of nostalgia. Harmonies by Simoniz. No visible dents in the bodywork. "Isn't it time we go steady again?" And then a rather interesting gear-shift for the last three songs, which admit wistfulness and a sense of loss for the first time and, suddenly, it feels like a proper record about something. Approach with caution. But approach.