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This Will End in Tears: The Miserabilist Guide to Music

By Adam Brent Houghtaling

This Will End in Tears: The Miserabilist Guide to Music

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Started reading:
29 December 2012
Finished reading:
5 January 2013

Review

“The definitive guide to the sad songs that make us happy,” says the blurb on the trade-paperback back cover, and while I’m not sure any musical guide of any kind can truly said to be “definitive,” Adam Brent Houghtaling has clearly done his homework here, explaining why we gravitate to feel-bad music and providing a detailed history of the genre-that-isn’t, from John Dowland through Samuel Barber and beyond Morrissey. Included is a list of the 100 saddest musical works of all time, and Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” comes in at sixth, which strikes me as exactly right. The perfect antidote to your neighbor upstairs who plays the Annie original-cast album at two in the morning.