Reviews

  • Every Song Ever jumps into the grand adventure of losing yourself in music, at a time when the technology boundaries have blown wide open. Ratliff brilliantly makes connections between the arcane and the everyday, pointing to sounds you've never heard - as well as finding new pleasures in music you thought you'd already used up

    Rob Sheffield, author of 'Love Is A Mix Tape' and 'Turn Around Bright Eyes'
  • Everyone knows we live in an age when most people can listen to anything, anytime, anywhere. Whether that's depressing or mind-expanding depends ultimately on what kind of attention we pay. Ben Ratliff has the gifts to help us surf this wave of sonic information, not stand there mumbling at it in a grumpy-grampy way. After all, it's presumably not going to end until the electrical grid does

    John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of 'Pulphead'
  • This is a book about one exemplary listener's love for how many ways music can mean, set in sentences as forceful and subtle as Elvin Jones. Slayer and Shostakovich, Ali Akbar Khan and the Allman Brothers - none of them are the same once Ben Ratliff's ears get through with them. And your ears won't be the same once you get through Every Song Ever

    Michael Robbins, author of 'Alien vs. Predator' and 'The Second Sex'
  • In this insightful guide to contemporary music appreciation, genre limitations are off the table ... Ratliff's scholarship shines; there's a lot to be said for a book on music appreciation that can draw apt parallels between DJ Screw and Bernstein's rendition of Mahler's ninth symphony

    Publishers Weekly
  • It's fascinating how Ratliff can bring a fresh ear to such familiar music ... [he] makes unlikely connections that will encourage music fans to listen beyond categorical distinctions and comfort zones

    Kirkus Reviews