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10/15/2003: "restaurants, albums, what's the difference"

I picked up a used copy of the entirely ludicrous and horrible recent Zagat Music Guide for a few bucks the other day. It attempts to apply the Zagat restaurant review treatment (itself an absurd exercise in pretend statistical analysis) directly to the music they anoint the '1000 top albums of all time', and succeeds in being the most unintentionally funny humor zine I've read this year! The range of so-called top albums is a little suspect -- it appears to have been put together by an editor with a serious jonesin' for 80s British indie, showtunes, and TV themes, which makes for a bewildering read. I demand that all music reviews be written using arbitrary survey data from now on!

"Here's" a "good" one":"

Miami Vice (Soundtrack)
1985, MCA, "In the Air Tonight"
24/21/24/24
"Jan Hammer's decision to give some characters their own theme dramatically enhanced the attraction" of "the first music video masquerading as a TV show"; his score might provide "the closest tie-in to a series since Peter Gunn", which is fitting because the "haunting" music "helped the plot" of a detective show as cool as its predecessor; Phil Collins, Chaka Khan and a host of 80s pop stars quicken the "solid album" -- "just watch out if you're driving!"


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