We gave it an A
Seventy-year-old avant-garde composers don’t usually have much of a pop following. Not so with Steve Reich, who has influenced artists like Brian Eno, Moby, Sufjan Stevens, and scores of techno geeks. Phases: A Nonesuch Retrospective collects 14 of his best works, including 1966’s experimental ”Come Out,” with its near-funky chopped-up vocals, and 1987’s bucolic ”Electric Counterpoint,” featuring a cascade of Pat Metheny guitar lines. Don’t let the avant-garde tag scare you; Reich’s music is as rhythmically thrilling as a rave.