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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: 9 out of 12
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  1. 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. Q Magazine
    Mar 24, 2020
    60
    A montage of brief yet expansive instrumentals, it veers from the richly choral to the dissonant, from busy polyrhythms to spare, awestruck synth-symphonies. [May 2020, p.112]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Mar 29, 2020
    10
    An amazing experience different from his previous albums but an interesting purpose
  2. 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
  3. 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