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The brand new memoir from James Acaster cult comedian best selling author of Classic Scrapes undercover cop receiver of cabbagesPerfect Sound Whatever is a love letter to the healing power of music and how one man's obsessive quest saw him defeat the bullshit of one year with the beauty of another Because that one man is James Acaster it also includes tales of befouling himself in a Los Angeles steakhouse stealing a cookie from Clint Eastwood and giving drunk unsolicited pep talks to urinating strangers  January 2017 James Acaster wakes up heartbroken and alone in New York his relationship over a day of disastrous meetings leading him to wonder if comedy is really what he wants to be doing any  A constant comfort in James' life has been music but he's not listened to anything new for a very long time Idly browsing 'best of the year' lists it dawns on him that 2016 may have been a grim year for a lot of reasons but that it seemed to be an iconic year for music And so begins a life changing musical odyssey as James finds himself desperately seeking solace in the music of 2016 setting himself the task of listening only to music released that year ending up with 500 albums in his collection  Looking back on this yearlong obsession parallels begin to grow between the music and James' own life his relationship history the highs and lows of human connection residual Christian guilt and mental health issues that have been bubbling under the surface for years Some albums are life changing masterpieces others are 'Howdilly Doodilly' by Okilly Dokilly a metalcore album devoted to The Simpsons' character Ned Flanders but all of them play a part the year that helped James Acaster get his life back on trackThe brand new memoir from James Acaster cult comedian best selling author of Classic Scrapes undercover cop receiver of cabbagesPerfect Sound Whatever is a love letter to the healing power of music and how one man's obsessive quest saw him defeat the bullshit of one year with the beauty of another Because that one man is James Acaster it also includes tales of befouling himself in a Los Angeles steakhouse stealing a cookie from Clint Eastwood and giving drunk unsolicited pep talks to urinating strangers  January 2017 James Acaster wakes up heartbroken and alone in New York his relationship over a day of disastrous meetings leading him to wonder if comedy is really what he wants to be doing any  A constant comfort in James' life has been music but he's not listened to anything new for a very long time Idly browsing 'best of the year' lists it dawns on him that 2016 may have been a grim year for a lot of reasons but that it seemed to be an iconic year for music And so begins a life changing musical odyssey as James finds himself desperately seeking solace in the music of 2016 setting himself the task of listening only to music released that year ending up with 500 albums in his collection  Looking back on this yearlong obsession parallels begin to grow between the music and James' own life his relationship history the highs and lows of human connection residual Christian guilt and mental health issues that have been bubbling under the surface for years Some albums are life changing masterpieces others are 'Howdilly Doodilly' by Okilly Dokilly a metalcore album devoted to The Simpsons' character Ned Flanders but all of them play a part the year that helped James Acaster get his life back on trackThe brand new memoir from James Acaster cult comedian best selling author of Classic Scrapes undercover cop receiver of cabbagesPerfect Sound Whatever is a love letter to the healing power of music and how one man's obsessive quest saw him defeat the bullshit of one year with the beauty of another Because that one man is James Acaster it also includes tales of befouling himself in a Los Angeles steakhouse stealing a cookie from Clint Eastwood and giving drunk unsolicited pep talks to urinating strangers  January 2017 James Acaster wakes up heartbroken and alone in New York his relationship over a day of disastrous meetings leading him to wonder if comedy is really what he wants to be doing any  A constant comfort in James' life has been music but he's not listened to anything new for a very long time Idly browsing 'best of the year' lists it dawns on him that 2016 may have been a grim year for a lot of reasons but that it seemed to be an iconic year for music And so begins a life changing musical odyssey as James finds himself desperately seeking solace in the music of 2016 setting himself the task of listening only to music released that year ending up with 500 albums in his collection  Looking back on this yearlong obsession parallels begin to grow between the music and James' own life his relationship history the highs and lows of human connection residual Christian guilt and mental health issues that have been bubbling under the surface for years Some albums are life changing masterpieces others are 'Howdilly Doodilly' by Okilly Dokilly a metalcore album devoted to The Simpsons' character Ned Flanders but all of them play a part the year that helped James Acaster get his life back on track


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    Perfect Sound Whatever is James Acaster’s account of his life in 2017 a year of stress both personally and professionally from which he took refuge in hundreds of albums released the previous year As he accumulated these albums he built evidence for the humorous assertion that 2016 was the greatest year in music ever But the humour hides a deadly serious intent to persuade you that 2016 really was the greatest year in music everAs chance would have it I spent 2016 working my way through Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 500 albums of all time a project culminating in a list of sixty favourite tracks posted on my blog So I was always going to love the idea for Perfect Sound Whatever But did I end up agreeing with this claim that 2016 was the greatest year in music? In answer I would like to mention the time when James has a late night snack in New York He buys lasagna heats it up tucks in with a serving spoon and is disappointed Later drunk and desperate he turns to the now cold meal and discovers a magical transformation in its cold creaminess with crispy bits around the edges A few days after this gastronomic transfiguration he tries to recreate the experience with another portion of the same lasagna using the same oven and the same fridge only to cook up a disgusting chilly mess The one variable in this experiment was the fact that James wasn’t drunk the second time So the moral of this tale is that there are two things to consider in judging the music of 2016 the music and the person listening to it James was going through a turbulent period in his life and times of trouble can bring with them a kind of hypersensitivity I recall very clearly listening to Jethro Tull’s Thick As A Brick when my father was seriously ill Every tumbling note from Ian Anderson’s flute sounded like bird song The Victorians used to say that hunger is the best sauce and hunger for comfort is sometimes better than Hi Fi when it comes to music I think something similar happened to James Sharpened awareness collided with a lot of good music which turned out to be as delicious as that first serving of cold lasagna But was that meal objectively delicious or subjectively tasty? As George Harrison said in Savoy Truffle “you know that what you eat you are but what tastes sweet now turns so sour”So I don’t agree that 2016 was the best year in music ever But my reservations don’t take away from James Acaster’s musical journey and what it meant to him James as most of us do at one time or another felt lost and alone in 2017 and in those times music can be a saviour From humanity’s earliest days music has been a way of bringing people together to work as a team We see that in all kinds of music from sea shanties and marching tunes to delirious sing alongs with Blur at Glastonbury Of course one lot of marchers can clash with another so it makes sense to join not with one exclusive crew or marching band but with the music of humanity in general and James is very good at throwing himself across all kinds of musical frontiers Along with hilarious accounts of wretched interactions with healthcare professionals and disastrous dinner dates with sociopathic women this musical eclecticism was the most attractive aspect of the book for me a welcome antidote to the present political situationJames was an occasionally grumpy but mostly charming companion who thanked me for reading his book on its final page The only thing I would suggest is that he is the sort of person who when in the grip of an enthusiasm is affronted if the world does not share his passion There is a generosity here and something difficult a sense that James’s experience should be everybody else’s Perhaps the ability to go on your journey whilst letting others go on theirs is an equally generous approach I think to be fair there is an acknowledgment of this in the book’s title Perfect Sound Whatever taken from a song by Jeff Rosenstock A perfect sound can also be ordinary or imperfect No one person and no one time has a monopoly on perfectionPerfect Sound Whatever is an extremely funny and often moving book with great suggestions if your music listening has become stale and in need of a shake up I really enjoyed it