Year Published: 2006
This was some good clean fun. The author is well-versed musically (was that a pun?) and the book is humorous. Some of the songs I've never heard of. Some I remembered half way through the description and groaned at the memory. Some I love, but can acknowledge their role in the realm of the depressing. He examines lyrics, music, tonality, vocal qualities, instrumentation, studio mixing, etc. to decide whether the song is truly worthy of "depressing " status (as opposed to "sad". One of his examples: Hurt, by NIN--depressing. Hurt by Johnny Cash--sad). Even if you disagree, its a light and entertaining read.
Book-a-Week #: 39