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Kirkus Reviews, 10/15/11
“Maintaining the series’ high standard…A great incentive to fire up Spotify, or even the old stereo.”
Kingman Daily Miner, 10/21/11
“Well done, and highly recommended is this 5 Star book.”
Curled Up With a Good Book
“This is music journalism at its finest.”
Library Journal, 11/15/11
“Aficionados of music and illuminating critical writing will find much to savor in this collection, which exemplifies Ross’s assertion that music can ‘reach across the human universe with astonishing ease.’ Recommended."
Buffalo News, 1/1/12
“[Alex Ross is] the first indentured classical critic to edit one of these annual beauties and he's responsible for this one being the most brilliant and far-ranging and revelatory that the series is ever likely to have…Which is why if you read only one music book in 2012, you ought to make it this one.”
San Francisco Book Review, 3/6/12
“This is some fearless writing by America’s best writers…During and after reading, you’ll listen anew.”
“Best Music Writing 2011’s landscape is vast… Ross writes that ‘We didn’t look for articles by and of insiders; we wanted writerly seductions.’ Count me among the seduced.”
Daphne Carr is a music scholar and the author of Pretty Hate Machine. She lives in New York City.