They're a series of books that put a microscope on one specific record at a time in an almost academic fashion. I've heard about them for years, but just started reading my first one today and have have already screamed in ecstasy about 5 times over its evisceration of the critic & marketing obsession with defining Selected Ambient Works Volume 2 as ~*beatless*~
Anyone else read these? I'm diving into NIN's Pretty Hate Machine and Bjork's Homogenic after this. Also interested in how the authors look at Tori Amos' Boys for Pele and DJ Shadow's Endroducing.
I'm a sucker for essays, articles, and books that take a close, hard look at a piece of art and there's not nearly enough on music...Glad this series exists.