Thursday, August 21, 2008

I Hate Myself and Want to Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You've Ever Heard--Tom Reynolds

Genre: Humor
Year Published: 2006
Pages: 288
Rating: 4/5

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

No comments: