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Barry Lenser

Barry writes about all things Beatles at The Daily Beatle ( Twitter: @Beatlesblogger. He can be reached at bplenser[at]gmail[dot]com.


Thursday, November 21 2013

Albert Camus and the Universal Quality of Human Dignity

Both Elements of a Life and A Life Worth Living offer concise, eloquent, and learned treatments of the life and work of Albert Camus.


Thursday, October 30 2014

Another Kind of Horror: 'When Paris Went Dark'

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.

Monday, September 15 2014

'SMiLE' Left Me Terribly Unhappy

Labored and unfocused, the study that Luis Sanchez attempts with SMiLE is a poor fit for the 33 1/3 format.

Monday, July 7 2014

Selina O'Grady's 'And Man Created God' Edifies and Entertains

And Man Created God is an impressively detailed and panoramic survey of how power and piety interacted with one another in the increasingly globalized classical world.

Tuesday, February 18 2014

Alas, Surface-Skimming Is the Dominant Mode in 'The Beatles Solo'

Books about the Fab Four need to justify themselves. The Beatles Solo, a handsome but information-light and overpriced doorstop, doesn't get there.

Wednesday, August 7 2013

'Lucy in the Mind of Lennon' Attempts to Psychoanalyze Art

Though a mixed bag, Lucy in the Mind of Lennon prompts some interesting questions about the interplay between art and scientific inquiry.

Foals: Antidotes [1.May.08]
The Hives [31.Mar.08]
Touane: Figura [30.Oct.07]


Wednesday, July 16 2014

The Kinks - "The Way Love Used to Be"

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.

Thursday, May 15 2014

The Beach Boys - "Time to Get Alone"

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.

Wednesday, October 9 2013

The Top Ten Arctic Monkeys Songs

From dynamic post-punk to brawny stoner-rock to jangly California pop to moonlit glam, Arctic Monkeys' five albums have displayed impressive range. It’s the main reason why they occupy the enviable spot they do in the music world.

Thursday, August 15 2013

Arctic Monkeys - "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High" (video)

The last two Arctic Monkeys singles have exposed an all-too-human chink in leadman Alex Turner’s leather-clad armor: the dude has a serious weakness for drunk/stoned dialing.

Friday, August 9 2013

Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and David Marks: 27 July 2013 - Twin Cities

Five good reasons to catch Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks in concert if you get a chance.

Paul McCartney and Wings - "Tomorrow" (Mixed Media) [9.Jul.13]
The Beatles - "Baby It's You" (Sound Affects) [30.Nov.08]
The Beatles - "P.S. I Love You" (Sound Affects) [11.Nov.08]
The Beatles - "Love Me Do" (Sound Affects) [30.Oct.08]
The Beatles - "Please Please Me" (Sound Affects) [19.Oct.08]
The Beatles - "Ask Me Why" (Sound Affects) [10.Oct.08]
The Beatles - "Boys" (Sound Affects) [2.Oct.08]
The Beatles - "Chains" (Sound Affects) [28.Sep.08]
Arthur Alexander's "Anna (Go to Him)" (Sound Affects) [21.Sep.08]
The Beatles - "Anna (Go to Him)" (Sound Affects) [17.Sep.08]
The Beatles - "Misery" (Sound Affects) [13.Sep.08]
The Beatles - "I Saw Her Standing There" (Sound Affects) [8.Sep.08]
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