Aphoristic Album Reviews

Obsessively chronicling one man’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

10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs

1980s folk-pop

Natalie Prass

Natalie Prass

Virginian sophisti-pop

Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant

10,000 Maniac goes solo

Albums Ranked From Worst To Best

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

Recent Blog Posts

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…

The Beach Boys Friends

Music Quiz: ‘The’ Bands

Congratulations to Tony, who caffeined up and motored through last week’s Flip Flop albums quiz. This week is straightforward after last time’s visual hysteria. You just need to name the band given the song. I scored 35/38 – I…

Nuggets: (Would I Still Be) Her Big Man by The Brigands

Before he became Patti Smith’s lead guitarist, Lenny Kaye compiled 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 a major influence on…

Music Quiz: Flip Flop Albums

Congratulatons to EclecticMusicLover, who easily won last week’s never had a #1 single. He scored 26/29, 3 ahead of J’s 23, while no one else scored over 20. This week’s quiz is a little confusing. You need to select the…

Singapore by Girls Aloud: Great B-Sides

Lots of dedicated music fans are sniffy about mainstream pop music from the 21st century. And if there’s anything worse, it’s 21st-century mainstream pop that was pre-fabricated for a TV show. Girls Aloud originated from the reality show Popstars: The…

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…