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I love good journalism. I picked this book up after reading an excerpt in Wired magazine, expecting to enjoy it thoroughly. While I did find it interesting, I felt that it choked on the one thing reputable journalists are almost universally good at: making ironclad logical connections between facts (studies, interviews, etc.) and conclusions.
Although plenty of excellent research went into this book, Vanderbilt spent a lot of time out in the weeds, drawing conclusions and making judgments that didn't seem warranted by the data. In the end, the book asked more questions than it answered, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but shouldn't be the case for a book with such an extensive bibliography. I also found that I couldn't detect the rationale for leaving some questions alone and unanswered, and answering others with speculation or theory stated as fact.
To Vanderbilt's credit, psychology is a hard subject to reach any conclusions about, and he tries hard to keep it anchored in reality despite the temptation to go the "pop psychology" route and talk about what is interesting rather than significant.
I found a lot of the information to be a repackaging of things I had already read about, but I studied some of this stuff in university.
What was new to me was some of the more journalistic parts of the book, like when he interviewed the people at echonest.
It's a good read, I enjoyed it overall.