To give Aphoristic Album Reviews some context, I’m from New Zealand, and I was born in 1979. I grew up in a household that had music, but mainly bagpipes and Christian radio, so when I discovered pop music at around the age of 12 it was new and exciting, and old bands like Simon and Garfunkel and The Beatles felt like my own.
All opinions are my own personal ones – I’m not claiming to be any kind of authority, I just enjoy discovering music and like to quantify it and write about it.
I started my own album review site around the year 2000, and worked on it until 2007. This is version 2 – at the moment I’m busy bringing reviews over from the original website, which is partly why there are very few albums from the current decade covered.
These are some of my broad thoughts on music:
- I like pop hooks.
- Most of the time I’ll listen to an album at least eight times before I write about it and rate it.
- I’m mostly covering music from the album era – so from around 1965 until present.
- There’s plenty of great music out there right now, as always.
- I usually like to cover a band’s peak period, rather than their entire discography, as I’d rather cover something else I enjoy rather than slog through dull post-peak releases. If you think I’ve missed a key album, please let me know.
- What usually impresses me is creativity. When music feels like product, it’s usually a bad sign.
- I don’t think there are objective standards for judging popular music. If you go down that road, you end up solely basing admiration on a criteria like professional slickness (Celine Dion) or instrumental virtuosity (Dream Theater), and it’s not a good measure of quality.
- I enjoy other music like jazz and classical, but they’re outside my scope of knowledge and outside the scope of this site.
- It’s difficult to get away from this site being dominated by white men by guitars, and I’m not entirely sure how to fix this.
- I’m not an accomplished musician, although I know enough enough piano to know where there’s a routine chord sequence or something more creative. I also don’t believe that musical virtuosity is a prerequisite to write about music.
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