PositiveThe Dallas Morning NewsMarley's gravitas and quest for dignity is a refrain we hear throughout this fascinating history. There is no shortage of biographies about him ... The book doesn't contain many quotes from Marley, yet his friends, lovers and fellow musicians paint a clear portrait of a shy, lonely man ... So Much Things To Say reaffirms Marley's standing as a determined activist for peace, justice and racial equality.
PositiveThe Dallas Morning News\"Ward tackles this imposing topic with the same cerebral but conversational style he uses on NPR\'s Fresh Air ... A few mundane side trips notwithstanding, Ward\'s vivid anecdotes make the book more fun to read than 98 percent of tomes with \'history\' in their title.\
Brian Wilson with Ben Greenman
MixedThe Dallas Morning News...Pieced together through a series of interviews he gave to New York journalist Ben Greenman, the autobiography is a choppy work weighed down by random thoughts, trivial memories and confusing time-shifts. But when Wilson opens up about creating the group's early pop masterpieces or the groundbreaking Pet Sounds, I Am Brian Wilson finally shines.
Mike Love & James S. Hirsch
PositiveThe Dallas Morning NewsLove readily admits being stubborn, among other faults, in the lively and highly-detailed Good Vibrations. But he also rolls out a well-documented case to prove he's not the creativity-crushing antihero he's accused of being ... explores in great detail the two most controversial figures in Beach Boys' history: Murry Wilson -- Brian's dad and the group's first manager -- and Dr. Eugene Landy, Brian's Svengali-like psychotherapist.
MixedThe Dallas Morning NewsFor all his immense talent and ego, Costello is admirably quick to credit the many musicians who helped make his career shine, especially Nick Lowe and Fort Worth’s T Bone Burnett, two first-rate producers who sharpened and edited his best albums. It’s too bad he didn’t ask them to do the same with Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.