My approach to writing about music is different than my approach to writing about cinema.

Due to the interests of readers and the invitations of publications, I have made film criticism a daily discipline. I write about all kinds of films — whether they’re excellent, mediocre, or awful.

When it comes to music, I write because I love. I just don’t feel compelled to write about records that fail to engage my mind and win my heart. So you’ll find that my music “criticism” is really about opening up wonderful recordings to consider their particular strengths.

Selected music reviews

Here are a few of my reviews and commentaries that I’ve written about favorite albums.

Looking Closer’s Annual Favorite Albums Lists
(2001-Present)

You’ll find many more reviews and notes in these annual lists of personal favorites.

“Listening Closer” — Overstreet’s column at Christ and Pop Culture

“Listening Closer” – Column Archive