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ACL 2022 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Thousands of submissions, hundreds of reviews, and it all comes down to this: The Top 20 Albums of 2022!  Our headlines: women dominate, filling the top five spots, and a former champion returns to the top. The top three albums

ACL 2022 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Thousands of submissions, hundreds of reviews, and it all comes down to this: The Top 20 Albums of 2022!  Our headlines: women dominate, filling the top five spots, and a former champion returns to the top. The top three albums

ACL 2022 ~ Top Ten Experimental

This year’s selections are eclectic and exciting, and feature an array of uncommon instruments, radio transmissions, field recordings, experimental voice and even opera.  These artists represent the cutting edge of music ~ the outer fringe that may seem strange today

ACL 2022 ~ Top Ten Experimental

This year’s selections are eclectic and exciting, and feature an array of uncommon instruments, radio transmissions, field recordings, experimental voice and even opera.  These artists represent the cutting edge of music ~ the outer fringe that may seem strange today

The 40 Best Compilation Albums of All Time ~ Part Two

Welcome to the second half of our list, in which we survey the best compilations. We shall keep the introductory waffle to part one, but suffice to say – we have tried to be as comprehensive as possible for this

The 40 Best Compilation Albums of All Time ~ Part Two

Welcome to the second half of our list, in which we survey the best compilations. We shall keep the introductory waffle to part one, but suffice to say – we have tried to be as comprehensive as possible for this

Pan Daijing ~ Tissues

Is Tissues the best opera of all time?  Our immediate reaction is to say no, of course not.  There have been hundreds of operas written over the past 705 years.  But what if it’s the only opera we’ve ever liked?   We

Pan Daijing ~ Tissues

Is Tissues the best opera of all time?  Our immediate reaction is to say no, of course not.  There have been hundreds of operas written over the past 705 years.  But what if it’s the only opera we’ve ever liked?   We

ACL 2021 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

If 2020 was the most surreal year in recent memory, 2021 was the runner-up.  A rollercoaster of emotion was supplanted by a mountain of malaise.  And yet, many artists broke through with the finest albums of their careers.  Some of

ACL 2021 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

If 2020 was the most surreal year in recent memory, 2021 was the runner-up.  A rollercoaster of emotion was supplanted by a mountain of malaise.  And yet, many artists broke through with the finest albums of their careers.  Some of

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Experimental

Our Experimental section boasts the widest dynamic contrast of all the fields we cover.  From near-silence to curdled wails, children’s classes to looped drums, every nook and cranny is explored and excavated. Where else might one discover an examination of

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Experimental

Our Experimental section boasts the widest dynamic contrast of all the fields we cover.  From near-silence to curdled wails, children’s classes to looped drums, every nook and cranny is explored and excavated. Where else might one discover an examination of

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Electronic

Due to lockdowns and quarantines, most of us have not gone clubbing for years.  Thankfully, electronic artists have kept making music during the pandemic ~ although not all of it for dancing.  They can imagine an alternate universe in which our

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Electronic

Due to lockdowns and quarantines, most of us have not gone clubbing for years.  Thankfully, electronic artists have kept making music during the pandemic ~ although not all of it for dancing.  They can imagine an alternate universe in which our

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Drone

Drone is the music of suspension: a constant underpinning of sound graced by modulation.  The music was perfect for a year in which things seemed to move very slowly, as if through molasses.  Many of the artists on this year’s

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Drone

Drone is the music of suspension: a constant underpinning of sound graced by modulation.  The music was perfect for a year in which things seemed to move very slowly, as if through molasses.  Many of the artists on this year’s