PERFORMING ARTS

60 Songs That Explain the ’90s

Twelve Nov. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9781538759462. $30. MUSIC
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This light and humorous collision of 1990s musical genres will undoubtedly appeal to lots of readers. The Ringer senior staff writer Harvilla has created this companion to his podcast of the same name, though both the podcast and book cover far more than 60 songs. Written with the ultracasual and conversational style of his podcast, his book’s personal anecdotes and thoughts on the origins and values of ’90s music are consistently engaging; some readers might even be reminded of Chuck Klosterman’s prose style. The book’s main appeal is the breadth of music covered. Lauryn Hill, Pantera, the Dave Matthews Band, Erykah Badu, Shania Twain, Third Eye Blind, and more all receive equal and admiring consideration. He moves quickly between songs and styles, and while this rapid-fire approach undoubtedly works in a podcast, in print it may leave some readers wanting more.
VERDICT A fun diversion for music fans that feels like a conversation one would love to have with a friend on a late-night car ride.
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