Avant Music News Most Popular Reviews of 2021

Below is a list of our most popular (i.e., well-read) original reviews of the year. We will soon be publishing our annual best-of lists across two posts.

  1. AMN Reviews: King Crimson’s THRaKaTTaK 25 Years Later (7/18/2021)
  2. AMN Reviews: John Zorn – Heaven and Earth Magick (2021; Tzadik) (4/18/2021)
  3. AMN Reviews: William Parker – Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World (2021; Centering Records / Aum Fidelity) (1/23/2021)
  4. AMN Reviews: The Return of Neuma Records (2/6/2021)
  5. AMN Reviews: Jones, Skolnick, Grohowski, Motzer – PAKT (2021; Moonjune Records); Jones, Skolnick, Grohowski, Motzer – PAKT Live in Pawling (2021; Moonjune Records) (8/12/2021)
  6. AMN Reviews: U Totem’s Debut Album 30 Years Later (5/27/2021)
  7. AMN Reviews: Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra – The Other Shore (2021; Outhere Music); Gabriel Zucker – Leftover Beats From The Edges Of Time (2021; ESP-Disk’) (8/22/2021)
  8. AMN Reviews: Rob Frye – Exoplanet (2021; Astral Spirits) (1/16/2021)
  9. AMN Reviews: A Paul Dolden Update – The Dance of the Firing Synapse, Marsyas’ Melodies, Who has the Strangest Melodies (2021; Bandcamp) (8/25/2021)
  10. AMN Reviews: Lee Ranaldo / Jim Jarmusch / Marc Urselli / Balazs Pandi – Churning of the Ocean (2021; TROST Records) (5/17/2021)
  11. AMN Reviews: [Ahmed] – Nights on Saturn (Communication) (2021; Astral Spirits) (1/4/2021)
  12. AMN Reviews: Magma – Eskähl 2020 Bordeaux – Toulouse – Perpignan (2021; Seventh Records) (8/31/2021)
  13. AMN Reviews: Sunn O))) – Metta, Benevolence BBC 6Music: Live on the invitation of Mary Anne Hobbs (2021; Southern Lord) (11/26/2021)
  14. AMN Reviews: Natasha Barrett – Subliminal Throwback (2021; Bandcamp) (7/22/2021)
  15. AMN Reviews: Thumbscrew – Never is Enough (2021; Cuneiform Records) (2/22/2021)
  16. AMN Reviews: Lustmord & Karin Park – ALTER (2021; Pelagic Records) (5/11/2021)
  17. AMN Reviews: Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson – Searching for the Disappeared Hour (2021; Pyroclastic Records) (10/16/2021)
  18. AMN Reviews: Chris Schlarb & Chad Taylor – Time No Changes (2021; Astral Spirits / BIG EGO Records) (2/14/2021)
  19. AMN Reviews: Strictly Missionary – Heisse Scheisse (2021; Astral Spirits) (9/30/2021)
  20. AMN Reviews: Dave Tucker, Pat Thomas, Thurston Moore, and Mark Sanders – Educated Guess Vol. 1 (2021; 577 Records) (3/6/2021)
  21. AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – Histoires d’histoire (2017; empreintes DIGITALes) (1/12/2021)
  22. AMN Reviews: FIMAV 37 Day 3 (5/24/2021)
  23. AMN Reviews: Mankwe Ndosi and Body MemOri – felt/not said (2021; Auspice NOW) (7/11/2021)
  24. AMN Reviews: Harry Partch – The Bewitched (2021; Neuma 126) and U.S. Highball (2021; Neuma) (4/23/2021)
  25. AMN Reviews: Powers / Rolin Duo – Strange Fortune (2021; Astral Editions) (4/16/2021)
  26. AMN Reviews: Pedro Melo Alves’ Omniae Large Ensemble – Lumina (2021; Clean Feed) (9/13/2021)
  27. AMN Reviews: George Lewis – The Recombinant Trilogy [New Focus FCR284] (2/4/2021)
  28. AMN Reviews: Body Meπa – The Work is Slow (2021; Hausu Mountain) (5/21/2021)
  29. AMN Reviews: Roscoe Mitchell / Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter – A Railroad Spike Forms The Voice (2021; Balance Point Acoustics) (5/28/2021)
  30. AMN Reviews: FIMAV 37 Days 1 and 2 (5/23/2021)