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A word that describes something as simple, yet effective in picking up the nuances of something else. For example: "Disclosure makes __ electronic music, as their songs are simple pops songs with the nuances of good electronic music." Or, to put it differently: "the solution was simple yet drew upon all essential elements of the issue."

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    How about elegant: Characterised by minimalism and intuitiveness while preserving exactness and precision. ? – Jim May 1 '14 at 3:50
  • Elegant means just that in math, but it really just means "tasteful". It has the meaning you cite across various disciplines because they are strongly affected by mathematical taste. – Jon Jay Obermark May 1 '14 at 4:49
  • just FWIW the acronym "KISS" is sometimes relevant in this sort of discussion. I use "natty" or "poetic" in the sentence you offer. – Fattie Aug 18 '14 at 6:53
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Elegant.

"This brief book is elegant and surprising."

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Consider: Ingenious:

cleverly and originally devised and well suited to its purpose.Ingenious

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"Cogent" might be appropriate.

  • Please provide an example, a quote, or a reference in order to assist the OP. Thank you! – Mari-Lou A May 1 '14 at 8:31

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