EW Description: “The New Yorker music critic follows up his best-selling The Rest Is Noise with this indispensable, erudite collection of his magazine essays, which span the aural universe from Schubert to Radiohead.”
If you love a variety of music and also love talking about music, then this is the book for you. If you’re like me and just like listening to music without all the deep philosophical discussions about meaning and chord progressions and other things, then you probably won’t like this very much. I’ve been trying to finish this book for a couple months now and I can’t finish it. I’ve tried and it just isn’t going to happen.
It’s not that this book is poorly written. I’m just not the target audience for it. I do really love essays, but so much of the disucssion about music is so far over my head. I like some classical music, but I don’t know all the history behind it and I don’t necessarily want to know. Ross is clearly very knowledgeable about music. It is obvious that it’s his passion in life and it shows in his essays.