"Brilliant." -- Alex Ross, author of The Rest is Noise
"It's fascinating stuff...By turns hilarious and heartwarming." -- Guardian Unlimited Arts blog, March 2008
"A wide-ranging book, one predicated on the possibility that what repels us may say more about us than what attracts us...[an] insightful, engaging, and unexpectedly moving book." -- The Globe and Mail, January 19, 2008
"An important study- not just of Dion and pop music but also of the changing nature of criticism in the popular realm." -- Bookforum, January 2008
"This could be the best book of the series...razor-sharp and unerringly intelligent." -- John Wenzel, The Denver Post
“The always critical and erudite Mr. Wilson actually approached Let's Talk About Love as a non-fan grappling with questions of "good" and "bad" taste... -- Idolator.com
“a rigorous, perceptive and very funny meditation on what happens when you realize that there's more to life than being hip, and begin to grapple with just what that "more" might be.” -- Montreal Gazette
“A book pondering the aesthetics of Celine risks going wrong in about 3,000 different ways...Instead, this book goes very deeply right.” --Sam Anderson, New York Magazine
Punk, metal, even social-justice rock such as U2 or Rage Against the Machine, with their emphatic slogans of individuality and independence, are as much "inspirational" or "motivational" music as Céline's is, but for different subcultural groups. They are just as one-sided and unsubtle. Morally you could fairly ask what is more laudable about excess in the name of rage and resentment than immoderation in thrall to love and connection. The likely answer would be that Céline is conformist, quiescent, unsubversive. "Subversion" today is sentimentality's reverse: It is nearly always a term of approval. To show the subversiveness of a song, TV show or movie is tantamount to validating it, not just in pop criticism but in academic scholarship.
Tens of millions of people around the world love Céline Dion. Many millions more can't stand her. Why? Carl Wilson, by no means a Céline fan at the start of his quest, searches for the answer in this extraordinary book. Immersing himself in Dion's 1999 hit album Let's Talk About Love (the one with that Titanic song on it), he examines everything from Céline's Quebec roots to her enormous voice to her tear-jerking sentimentality. As Wilson strives to understand Céline's immense global popularity, he faces the question of what drives personal taste - and whether it's possible to change it.See all Editorial Reviews
I needed it for school. It was fairly interesting for something that was going to be used for entirely academic purposes. I might read the whole thing later on in the year.Published 4 months ago by Keisha Lamarre
Not merely a great 33 1/3 book, but a great and delightfully original work of criticism, period.
How can we actually come to grips with this; the schmaltziest of albums... Read more
There are cynics -- those who see the worst in people and their motives.
There are elitists -- those in search of ways to reinforce an egotistical notion that they are better... Read more
I'm sorry I downloaded this book. I thought it would be good airplane reading. It was a cruel and opinionated attack.Published 23 months ago by Mary B Olea
I found this book to be as much of an author's self-reflection as to why he doesn't like something, as much as a look at a particular album and artist. Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book won't convince you to like Celine Dion but it will get you thinking about why you like certain things and hate other things and in the process you will learn tons and... Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Karen M. Rudolph
The item shipped in the time agreed upon. It was as discussed in the description online. It was to my satisfaction.Published on November 16, 2012 by Amanda Manning
Relative to the rest of this excellent series (just search "(33 1/3)") one thing screams out: Celine Dion simply does not belong in a list with U2, Public E. Read morePublished on November 6, 2011 by JM