"Who are you? How do you define yourself, your identity?" With these words Allan Moore opens his exhaustive new work proposing a more comprehensive approach to the musicological analysis of popular song. The last three decades have seen a huge expansion of the anthology of the sociological and cultural meanings of pop, but Moore's book is not another exploration of this field, although some of these ideas are incorporated in this work. Rather, he addresses the limitations of conventional musicology when dealing particularly with songs: "I address popular song rather than popular music. The defining feature of popular song lies in the interaction of everyday words and music. it is how they interact that produces significance in the experience of song".
Howlett, Mike (2012) Book Review: Song Means: Analyzing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song. In: Journal on the Art of Record Production, No. 7, pp. np. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/156413/.