--Waterstone's Books Quarterly
'an intelligent and open-minded work'
"impressively engaging...it will be the rare music lover that does not come away without having learned meant interesting things" --Guardian, February 2010
"wonderful account of why music matters... one of the finest and most versatile of current nonfiction writers" --Sunday Times, February 2010
"publishing would be a far better place if popular science books were all as truly scientific in spirit as this" --The Independent, February 2010
A remarkable achievement
--Classic FM Magazine
"Ball is to be applauded for the range and aptness of the musical examples he does choose - from Albinoni to Led Zeppelin, Bach to The Sound of Music - as well as for his attention to musics outside western traditions. ... the book is impressively engaging for one so dense with detail and argument....fascinating." --The Guardian
"Using plentiful examples drawn from a refreshingly wide range of different kinds of music, from Bach to the Beatles, and from nursery rhymes to jazz. If you can read music, you will find yourself humming aloud to see what he means. If you can't....Mr Ball's facility for conveying complex facts in simple language comes to the rescue."
"One the finest and most versatile of current nonfiction writers.... I defy anyone to read this book without coming away better informed about why music affects us in such a profound way...His passion for music is evident on every page, and his enthusiasms (whether for gamelan or Glenn Gould) are inf