Aphoristic Album Reviews

Obsessively chronicling one person’s exploration of popular music

Welcome to Aphoristic Album Reviews, where I discuss highlights from the last sixty years of popular music. I write album reviews, highlight my favourite albumsblog regularly, and make lists.

Recent Album Review Pages

Marillion

Marillion

Keeping the flag flying since their 1980s neo-prog days

M.I.A.

M.I.A.

Rapper and activist with Sri Lankan heritage

Nilüfer Yanya

Nilüfer Yanya

Eclectic Chelsea singer-songwriter

Albums Ranked From Worst To Best

What’s Tom Waits’ least impressive album? What’s Kate Bush’s best record?

Recent Blog Posts

Nuggets: Primitive by The Groupies

Before he became Patti Smith’s lead guitarist, Lenny Kaye compiled the 2 album set, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era. Released in 1972, the two-LP set covered American garage rock and psychedelia from the years 1965-to 1968 and…

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Brian Eno Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy

When Do Bands Peak?

It’s easy to find lists of great debut albums, but personally I often prefer a band’s later records, where they stretch their wings, becoming more diverse and more comfortable in the studio. Bands’ debut albums are often the most pure,…

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