Read Part 1 here in case you missed it.
Last week I lambasted several common approaches to album-review writing that are ineffective at describing a great record’s glory. Today in part 2, I’ll describe more about where I’m coming from when I write, as well as some prompts for your own inspiration.
I’m very fortunate that a lot of the observations I make about my favorite records just come to me while I’m listening to them (frequently, on long train rides where you can listen to the whole thing without stopping). I hardly ever struggle to write reviews, and in a way it’s already written before I set pen to paper.
But for the rest of us, here are some prompts and some common topics I like to discuss if you’re at a loss where to start: