Barry writes about all things Beatles at The Daily Beatle (thedailybeatle.blogspot.com). Twitter: @Beatlesblogger. He can be reached at bplenser[at]gmail[dot]com.
Albert Camus and the Universal Quality of Human Dignity | 21 Nov 2013 // 9:30 PM
Both Elements of a Life and A Life Worth Living offer concise, eloquent, and learned treatments of the life and work of Albert Camus.
Another Kind of Horror: 'When Paris Went Dark' | 30 Oct 2014 // 9:05 PM
When Paris Went Dark is a penetrating history of the anxiety, confusion, claustrophobia, and uncertainty experienced by a city in the grip of an unpredictable menace.
'SMiLE' Left Me Terribly Unhappy | 15 Sep 2014 // 9:05 PM
Labored and unfocused, the study that Luis Sanchez attempts with SMiLE is a poor fit for the 33 1/3 format.
The Kinks - "The Way Love Used to Be" | 16 Jul 2014 // 10:00 AM
In a better world, "The Way Love Used to Be" would rank alongside "You Really Got Me", "Waterloo Sunset", and "Lola" as one of the Kinks' crowning achievements.
The Beach Boys - "Time to Get Alone" | 15 May 2014 // 3:51 AM
While there are obvious downsides to the kind of discography that the Beach Boys have assembled -- it's dense, lengthy, and larded with inconsistent results -- one of the payoffs deserves special mention: those moments of discovery.