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

New Order

New Order

1980s dance/rock stars

Black Midi

Black Midi

English arty post-rock weirdness

Lucy Dacus

Lucy Dacus

Heartfelt indie rock

Albums Ranked From Worst To Best

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

Recent Blog Posts

Nuggets: Story of My Life by The Unrelated Segments

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 1965-1968 and was…

Music Quiz: Find the Band Member IV

Congratulations to the contestants who scored 24/24 in last week’s quiz – it looks like jprobichaud from was the fastest. This week we’re continuing with the Find the Band Member quizzes – I’ve been enjoying the broad range of…

Music Quiz: Find the Band Member V

Last week, in Find the Band Member VI, Rich Kamerman had the best score of 23/24 when I scheduled this post – apologies if you recorded your score later, as I’m on vacation. This week, it’s more of the same.…

Popular Blog Posts

10 Worst Songs of the 1980s

When I was a teenager in the 1990s, the 1980s were often reviled as the decade that taste forgot. But I think this list is far less heinous than the 10 Worst Songs of the 1970s – the corporate vibes…

10 Worst Song Lyrics of All Time

Unless you’re Leonard Cohen or Gil-Scott Heron, lyrics in popular music are a secondary concern. Normally I’m happy to bop along to the music, and don’t mind if the lyrics aren’t profound. But sometimes the words are too jarring too…

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme - Simon and Garfunkel

A Listening Biography in 10 Albums

I recently participated in an album draft, run by Hans from Like everyone else I picked 10 albums, but I used mine to also tell a story about music fandom. Here are ten albums that broadened my horizons about…

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,…

10 Best Jessie Ware Songs

UK’s most likeable pop star, Jessie Ware is charming where other mainstream acts leave me cold. She has a gorgeous voice, but she’s closer to the sophisticated poise of Sade than the vocal histrionics of Celine Dion. Ware’s body of…