Pop music with a "spirit-penetrating totality"?

I'm still making up my mind concerning Sufjan Stevens' The Age of Adz (for the record, his All Delighted People EP is excellent) and I've yet to listen to anything by Janelle Monae, but I like the way that Joel Hartse thinks (emphasis mine): I am really no expert on aesthetics, but I’m pretty sure that [Theodor] Adorno is wrong. Or maybe not wrong, but irrelevant. I don’t know exactly what kind of popular music he was writing about -- Tin Pan Alley, maybe? -- but I do think that while we will alw … [Read more...]


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