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Music writing as it should be
on 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.