I love this book. I just picked it up to refresh my memory (I read it 4 years ago or so...). It worth a second read.
This book is a collection of 31 essays about pop songs, and I realize that I am a sucker for pop. As much as my musical tastes were formed with early ‘70s hard rock, I did start in my teen years listening to top 40 pop on CKLW out of Windsor Canada (aimed at the Detroit Motown market).
The subjects of his essays include songs by the J. Geils band, Ian Dury & the Blockheads, Teenage Fanclub, Nelly Furtado, Richard & Linda Thompson and more (the Beatles of course…). Each essay is a gem! He unapologetically celebrates the emotional impact & simplicity & of pop music and lyrics.