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  • Summary: The collaboration between Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams was recorded over several years and features contributions from such artists as the Shins' Yuuki Matthews, the National's James McAllister and Sunn O)))'s Steve Moore.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 25, 2020
    83
    Described by Stevens and Brams as a New Age-inspired album, Aporia accomplishes exactly that, functioning as a recovered soundtrack to a long-lost, fictitious sci-fi film.
  2. Mar 24, 2020
    80
    Overall, it was an excellent example of electronic production by two masters at the craft. A lot of instrumentally based albums move all as one piece, but “Aporia” was a combination of tracks each made as an individual piece creating a distinct musical picture. Listen with headphones.
  3. Uncut
    Mar 26, 2020
    80
    21 haunting, electronic vignettes. [May 2020, p.35]
  4. Mar 24, 2020
    70
    Aporia is foremost an exercise in collaboration — a meeting between two perpetually entangled personalities, an ode to their decades-long father-son relationship and a fitting conclusion to their musically enriched partnership.
  5. Mar 30, 2020
    70
    This is sometimes an aural journey through a labyrinth, but it never sounds like the participants are lost.
  6. Mar 30, 2020
    68
    There is something profoundly lovely about seeing Stevens safe in such a strange, adventurous effort, supported by Brams and the rest of his found family.
  7. Apr 13, 2020
    50
    An album can't wear the pants of Carpenter, Carlos, and Oldfield, all of whom crafted electronic epics built around unforgettable melodies and precise attention to detail when Stevens and Bram hop from one track to the next before any of their soundscapes journey beyond the front porch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Mar 29, 2020
    10
    An amazing experience different from his previous albums but an interesting purpose
  2. May 28, 2020
    10
    Este álbum me recuerda mucho a Bjork, lo cual me hace apreciarle mucho más, Stevens hace música excelente.
  3. Mar 24, 2020
    10
    A very good album, served more than my expectations. When we listen to it, it makes us feels sensations, I loved that, What can I say aboutA very good album, served more than my expectations. When we listen to it, it makes us feels sensations, I loved that, What can I say about The Runaround? Extremely awesome, the best in album and one of the best of Sufjan's, he and Lowell did a great job in this record, congratulations!! Expand
  4. May 6, 2020
    6
    ( 65/100 )
    @tuznalgaz
    Sufjan Stevens se ha demostrado dominar la esencia de varios ámbitos musicales, sin embargo, aunque es muy bien
    ( 65/100 )
    @tuznalgaz

    Sufjan Stevens se ha demostrado dominar la esencia de varios ámbitos musicales, sin embargo, aunque es muy bien conocido por varias aportaciones importantes para la industria musical, su intención por experimentar lo ha llevado por rumbos sinuosos. "Aporia" es uno de esos casos en los que la exploración es tan intima y personal que funciona solo para aquel que conoce la narrativa en frente de la intención. Stevens y Brams podrán conocer la película para la que están componiendo esta música pero desafortunadamente, sin un apoyo visual y contextual, este es solo un soundtrack más que se queda corto ante la industria de la musicalización original.
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    Sufjan Stevens has shown to dominate the essence of several musical scopes, nevertheless, even if he is known for important contributions to the music industry, his intention to experiment has taken him through devious pats. "Aporia" is one of those cases in which the exploration is so intimate and personal that it only works for those who know the narrative in front of the intention. Stevens and Brams could know the movie they are composing this music, but unfortunately, without a visual and contextual guide, this is just one more soundtrack that stays short in the industry of original scores.
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  5. Mar 27, 2020
    0
    Sufjan recorded a sountrack record like instead of promised regular album long awaited from 2015. But even as instrumental this album soundsSufjan recorded a sountrack record like instead of promised regular album long awaited from 2015. But even as instrumental this album sounds like a parody on Robert Miles`s last records.... Expand