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I've listened to most of these 33.3 books - almost all are worth hearing - some (Dylan) are better than others (Pet Sounds) but this one is in a class of its own. This guy is to music criticism what Elvis Costello is to lyric-writing. The narrator is also brilliant - he sounds almost like the guy who narrates Infinite Jest. The combination of the two is like a shot of pure adrenaline to the brain.
In any case, this book is densely packed with deeply thought-out revelations about lyrics, music and the history of pop music. The "best positive" review nails it with "tour de force". The "best critical" review claims not to be able to get through after several tries. In my case, I can't stop listening to it. The first time you realize that you're only absorbing about 10% of the layers - just like an EC song, actually. Make sure to get the Ryko reissues with the outtakes and alternate takes because many of the choicest bits of analysis refer to them.
If the 33.3 people are reading this - more by Franklin Bruno, please.
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This is just stream of consciousness dribble that meanders and somehow ends at the album