…[Mr Ross] writes about even recondite works and obscure composers with intelligent absorption. He offers a skeptical world living proof that a smart, curious listener can find pleasures and challenges in new music â€” whether that music is opera or free jazz or avant-garde pop. As a result, he is one of the few critics in any genre whose recommendations always carry weight. If Mr. Ross likes BjÃ¶rk and Milton Babbitt, you at least want to try to like them too.
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