AOTY 2020
Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams - Aporia
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2020 Ratings: #635 / 769
User Score
Based on 326 ratings
2020 Ratings: #783
Liked by 4 people
March 24, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Asthmatic Kitty / Label
New Age, Ambient / Genres
Sufjan Stevens / Primary Artists
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Aporia is a beautifully crafted, transcendent piece of work. It’s a perfect feature film soundtrack, it’s ambient music, it’s intelligent instrumentals.

Consequence of Sound

Aporia isn’t meant to be a collection of songs; it’s amorphous music for daydreaming.


‘Aporia’ certainly asks a degree of patience from its listener ... to realise its full potential, but over the last few decades the number of listeners able to give this patience has grown exponentially, just in time for Stevens to push boundaries that bit further once again.

The Arts Desk

This is an album full of hidden riches, many of which are only revealed through repeated listening.

The Line of Best Fit

Aporia is a good companion to this confusing reality, not because of prescient lyrics or a philosophical message, but because of the space it gives the listener to fill with their own messy thoughts, and guidance offered with a light touch.


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.

Loud and Quiet

The experiment isn’t pushed far enough here; the tepid atmosphere that results falls short of the record’s apparent intention. This is in part due to length. At 21 (albeit short) tracks long, this album is repetitive.

The Independent

As a soundtrack album to meditate to, Aporia is pleasant, but there’s no denying that the absence of Stevens’s typically ornate songcraft is keenly felt.

Subaru Stevens is a fantastic artist and a God-tier human being. I love this man so much.

That said, when he announced a 'New Age' album, I wasn't sure how to feel about it. On the one hand, saying something negative about such a pure soul feels like an offense to almighty God. But on the other, I would be surprised to find myself liking New Age hippy bullshit no matter who makes it.

The result is kind of what I was afraid of. It's an album that contains nothing of what I ordinarily love ... read more
Enjoy Your Rabbit Pt.2 except you've been eating rabbit every day for the past 20 years
be careful what you wish for
From my perspective, this album is a step up from something like Enjoy Your Rabbit, Sufjan Stevens first effort in the realm of electronic-based instrumental pieces. Where that album was glitchy and eccentric mess that often had no emotional center, this is far more toned down and atmospheric effort that feels far more grounded in its sound. Sufjan was clearly less familiar with the sounds he was working with on Enjoy Your Rabbit, but had a plethora of creative ideas - call that album a ... read more
Sufjan wtf
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Track List

  1. Ousia
  2. What It Takes
  3. Disinheritance
  4. Agathon
  5. Determined Outcome
  6. Misology
  7. Afterworld Alliance
  8. Palinodes
  9. Backhanded Cloud
  10. Glorious You
  11. For Raymond Scott
  12. Matronymic
  13. The Red Desert
  14. Conciliation
  15. Ataraxia
  16. The Unlimited
  17. The Runaround
  18. Climb That Mountain
  19. Captain Praxis
  20. Eudaimonia
  21. The Lydian Ring
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Added on: February 5, 2020