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An excellent reference book. You might not agree with every album review, but Rolling Stone certainly knows how to put things in context. I recommend Rob Sheffield's reviews -- especially his entries on Neil Diamond and Billy Idol. Hilarious.
Great resource for music buffs. It’s outdated now, and their choice of who to include and who to omit surprised me sometimes (as well as their thoroughly American point of view). But the reviews are well written and refreshingly opinionated- even if you don’t agree with them, you respect their comprehensiveness. And some (especially Rob Sheffield’s) are pretty amusing/entertaining.
After devouring the previous edition, I got this and found it bland and lacking any reason to validate the update. I felt ripped off.
I wouldn't say this book is completely awful and useless, but as a "guide" to music, it hasn't done me much good. I've found many of the reviews in it to be dismissive without justification, or dismissive based on a lack of understanding or knowledge of an artist's work, or both, or worse. Too many major and important artists and albums are omitted. A book like this should not just reinforce listener biases and tastes, or seek to deflate reputations, nor should it prescribe tastes. It should ill...
Terrible. Book complements it's time.