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VINE VOICEon 15 January 2012
There's a broad church of music represented here: jazz, rock, punk, world, disco soundtracks, compilation albums etc - but the case for each entry is made compellingly by the person writing the article. I'm really enjoying reading and re-reading what's on offer here, because - rare in most album reviews like this - it's a very personal take and links the power of music to personal circumstances and life episodes. This combination of great writing on music and personal context lifts the content above the usual rather smug album reviews that make into those life lists that are all the rage at the moment.

Short, sharp and to the point, as a previous reviewer here has rightly stated, these bite-sized articles won't take up too much time to read, but they might get you thinking about why your own musical selections are so important. The content here reminded me of Nick Hornby's "31 Songs" - expanded to album format, so if you enjoyed that, you'll enjoy this.

One final note - even though I'm unlikely to explore some of the albums here, I can appreciate and enjoy the passion of the connection between writer and their chosen music, and anyone who can convey that link is worth reading.

Another great Kindle buy from Guardian Shorts - and for the money this is way better than most album review books you'll find in the shops, because it's written from the heart.
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on 21 October 2013
Pretentious twaddle. I agree with a previous reviewer that some of the authors were merely concerned with their own lives not the merits of the music. If i knew who these people were then it might have meant something to me, the reader. In fact it just left me cold.
Other contributors chose obscure albums in a vain attempt to appear cool, but I suppose that is just typical of the Guardian.
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VINE VOICEon 1 September 2013
Most of the essays are facile. Some of them look suspiciously like an attempt to look cool.

Those that are serious are interesting, but even then, very few of them give any insight into the music, more often a summary of a time and/or place in the author's life. If you know anything about the writer, this can mean something and make for a page or or two worth reading.
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on 23 January 2013
Trouble with books like this is you are happy when its an album you have (or at least have heard of) but there where too many obscure ones on here for me. One or two made me want to go and find them and give them a listen but several had the opposite effect. Good value and fun for £1.99 though.
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on 13 June 2013
A very good buy !! One for all music fans... A very informative book and great fun to read !! I would well advise anyone to purchase this one !!
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on 12 January 2013
Maybe just know here near best albums bar 5 or 6 not very inspiring or nostalgic either. But this is their choice
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