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This author had a WONDERFUL topic that he destroyed with too many words. Please redo this after reading Stunk and White's Elements of Style.Additionally, this author did not recognize that Stevie Wonder's audience loves him for his ability to say so much, so well, so succinctly. Don't even try this one.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
The 33 1/3 series is great. My problem is with music criticism in general, and the review of "Songs" is an example of it. In the absence of actual music to listen to, the review becomes so overly wordy and conceptual that you wonder if the reviewer isn't just way overthinking things! After all, it's just music. Not everything we hear is to be cerebralized to death. Sometimes it's just to be listened to and enjoyed for what it is.
By contrast, the 33 1/3 review of Prince's "Sign o' the Times" is much more relevant, because the reviewer talks a lot about how the music makes them FEEL, and the importance that Prince has had in their personal life, as a backdrop to their review of the album. The review of "Songs" was accompanied by biographical and historical info about Stevie, but it was mostly a cold, almost academic dissection of each song - - and just fraught with too many multi-syllable words and "esoteric" concepts. It was less about describing the emotions of the music, and more about trying to sound impressive.
Music doesn't have to be cerebrally justified. It just is.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
As a big fan of this album, I was very much looking forward to listening the inside story of how it was made. Instead, I was presented with an album review that purports to be an academic criticism, but is really the worse kind of verbal effluence, the sort that I thought had died-out in the drug-fuelled sixties. Unless you are into the type of pseudo-intellectual, over-analytical clap-trap that seeks more to demonstrate the writers extensive vocabulary than to serve the needs of the reader, avoid this audiobook like the plague. I really wish I could have my money back, and be compensated for the assault on my ears from "...indiscernible oblivion," the "maliable identity re-alignment," and the something or other "...evaporated on the wings of bled dried dominance." This book is so bad, it doesn't deserve more than a fraction of one star, and that's being generous.
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