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Turn It Up: August 31, 2012

That’s Why God Made The Radio (Capitol) is not only the Beach Boys’ 30th album, but represents the 50th anniversary of the band’s founding. A solid addition to the group’s lofty canon, this Brian Wilson-produced collection of songs contains the expected infusion of gorgeous harmonies used to coat the upbeat first half of wistful nostalgia and a more introspective second half gilded by lush arrangements.