All Songs Considered

Reviews For All Songs Considered

I’ve been introduced to so many great bands from this podcast. These guys are great!
I listen to between 8-10 hours of audio a week. Many, many, podcasts have come and gone over the years, but All Songs Considered, is one of a very few that I’ve had for close to ten years.
Thank you for highlighting the accomplishments of women and being inclusive with the artists you discussed. I was so excited to hear that there will be more episodes celebrating women.
The hosts, Bob and Robin, have informed eclectic tastes and occasionally pull in guests to discuss their favorite new music as well. I learn something each episode and often think if I had a podcast that it would resemble something like this. Intelligent, fun conversation about music.
You get the typical npr quality I also like that they play most of the songs they talk about. Just wish they’d do a little more regular music and not quite so much indie-rock. While I’m adjusting sliders: Ann Powers, down. Daoud Tyler Amin, up. Beyonce, down to zero.
Zero variety. I had hoped to discover new artists. Almost everything sounds the same. Music Snobs scoffing at anything mainstream. Also not credible since every contributor “loves” the artist they played.
Don’t listen to one episode and write off a whole podcast! The rosewave one had guest contributors (I think) and not the original hosts. Listen to the SXSW lead up or recap episodes, the year end episodes, and the mid year episodes. Hose are my favorites but I’m not a fan of new music Friday’s, guest DJs, or the super short episodes. Listening to the Rosewave episode and hating the whole podcast is like hating the entire HBO channel because they had an Amy Schumer stand up special - you might be right but you’re also missing out on so much great content!
These people put themselves on a pedestal and think they are the authority of good music. Listened to the rosé wave episode and was not amused. Love NPR but this is exactly what you’d expect a bunch of dry journalist to put together in a music podcast. Someone fun/musically cultured should take the concept of this podcast, replicate it, and actually make it good.
I enjoy the music almost every episode I find something I didn’t expect to like .
This show is one of my favorite sources for new musicians/bands to listen to. I can generally count on loving at least one of the songs that they introduce. The hosts share good context while usually not overstaying their welcome. The only drawback is that they could share a wider variety of music—they obviously have their favorite genres and performers that consistently recur.
Normally I love the podcast but the new thing with every song being accompanied by an artists description of the song steals the soul of the show. From time to time a description written by the artist, but read by Robin or Bob is a lovely accoutrement, but artist participation every time is over kill. I always enjoyed wondering about if artists even knew they would be on ASC prior to its release and now my imagination is body slammed every darn time!
Royal Rico - Taste of Gold (Album)
Could you put the name of the songs you mention in the description? I keep forgetting which songs you mention after I'm done listening
This song seemed to be playing in every car at the end of the year and it helped me get through those last days of High School. My girlfriends and I played it over and over and Sang to the top of our lungs.
Great podcast to hear both the latest music released each week as well as hidden gems - a number of them recommended by the musicians interviewed on the podcast itself. This is a great podcast to broaden your music collection and exposure.
Very interesting!
Why do the hosts low key despise each other? They definitely don’t listen to their own show based on how often Bob roasts Robin while he’s out! Whacky.
I appreciate the introductions to music I wouldn’t always hear. I find the hosts a little too self congratulatory when they offer up obscure (and frankly sometimes unlistenable) music while they skewer main stream music, unless the artist has had a fall from grace. Give all music more of a fair shake, less snobbery about established artists.
Great addition to ASC.
Bob may be getting older, but the show never stops staying relevant. I have been listening for years, and been introduced to so much good music that I can’t count any longer.
I can’t say how many bands I listened first on “All Songs Considered” for the first time, and then they became my favorites. Love the show for years. Always sharp. Always funny.

5/5

Never would have known about this if the guy from Pop Culture Happy Hour hadn’t mentioned it! Happy 10th anniversary from a new listener! Can’t wait to binge all the old episodes.
Have made many amazing music discoveries thanks to this podcast.
I’ve been listening for about 6 months and about 1 episode in 5, I’ll near a song that I like. Given that music is so subjective, it’s not unusual for that type of hit rate. The problem is, it’s only when they have something completely different than what they usually play, that something will strike me. The music that is consistently played is a) what I would call whisper singing, b) singers that sing out of their range, c) lots of processing and d) lots of echo, lots of echo. No R&B, no country, no jazz. They act like their musical taste is wide ranging, but it’s really not. I’ll keep listening, but I skip through most episodes.
I always a good listen
Ok, I rarely am over the moon with Bob's music selections. But he knows so much and has such a deep history with the last 50 years of music that I always look forward to hearing what has attracted his ear. I'm more similar to Robin musically. But what I most like about the show? That they like each other. I like their kindness and camaraderie. It's so refreshing to hear two friends discuss something they're both excited about. Plus they expose me to music I would never hear otherwise.

3/5

Bob is the best. Robin is cloying and kinda ruins the show. I get the sense they are preparing for an eventual transition to Robin as host. I can only hope not.
Great show for all music
Never fails to introduce me to new music. Provides plenty of context for the synthesis of a band or song.
This podcast is an easy favorite: some great music introduced by thoughtful hosts.
My favorite podcast and a must listen for anyone that enjoys music.
This and tiny desks are the two best podcasts around.
Best way to find new music!
I want to hear more songs, and less commentary. Also, more diversity of music. I like the episodes best when they are organized around a theme.
What a great way to hear and learn about new music.
This podcast is charming and I'm able to discover new songs and artists through Bob and Robin. Just the best!
Great music and great podcast, but --maybe it's just me -- but I feel like I always get distracted by Robin Hiltons constant references to himself, his experience, his insights. Just stick to the music man!! If you play the RH drinking game (sip every self reference) you will end up pretty buzzed
Love the personal stories from shows the hosts see in DC.
A good podcast for discovering new music, though the hosts' affectations are tiresome & are not above brown-nosing nearly any celebrity or musician.
Listening to All Songs Considered reminds me that there is a lot of music out there that might not be heard otherwise if not for shows like this. Not every song will fit all tastes, but no matter your tastes you'll likely come across something you end up enjoying.
The podcast has decent coverage of indie artists. But the drone of voices, artist and host, can get irritating.
Bob is nothing but an overly earnest, self-serving, knob. This isn't name calling, it's fact. He is an expert at stating the obvious, his questions are often puerile, and he laughs at his own awful jokes. It's also great to hear him go on about his trips in and out of the country on the tax payer's dime, oh, and those who donate to NPR. And I have to say, a whole podcast, partially paid for by tax dollars, devoted to hawking his book, is truly pathetic. Robin rubs salt in the wounds of the working class by repeatedly mentioning his paid time off for his baby. Why don't you throw on that Kenny Loggin's track again Robin? You know, the one you secretly admire and wish you wrote. The only reason I don't hate this podcast is because for one, hate is a very strong word, and two, every once in awhile, they offer up a good track/intersting band. It's usually Robin who puts it out there, and, Bob, awkward because he is out of touch and doesn't know the song, much less the band, starts interuppting Robin with bad jokes. I understand that goofiness is rooted in insecurity, but come on Bob, get over yourself. Suffice it to say, this is one of many reasons why I do not donate to NPR.
Truly a great podcast. The music is always fantastic. But I really wish they would just put whom they have on the show, in the description. Sometimes they've got foreign music that's really fantastic, but the spelling is always questionable and to rerun over the 10 seconds to write it out, is tedious. I'd love to be able to go back through and then find the songs so I can purchase those people music. Thanks!
I am not a fan of the hosts voice. Also, the host fails to give background on the song's they play, aside from his personal opinion. The host knew nothing about Leonard Cohens new song You Want It Darker. The song features a cantor singing excerpts from High Holiday Prayers. Coinciding with the high holidays strting next week.
Overall I like this podcast, however the last couple episodes have the hosts eating, and I did not subscribe to "Mouth Sounds Considered". I've gotten over some of the negatives of this show, but if y'all drop another episode with Bob and Robin eating I'm going to loose the last thread of my sanity.
I don't listen to the radio much these days, so All Songs Considered is a great way for me to check out new artists. I don't always love the artists they showcase, but that's what the fast forward feature is for, right? I appreciate Bob Boilen's dedication & judgment - the man goes to soooo many concerts! I've discovered a few fave artists (the Worriers, Courtney Barnett to name a few) by listening. I like that they cover a variety of music. Especially liking that they are providing a track listening in the episode description lately.

Tim
2/5

I love the idea of this podcast, but they play the absolute worst bands/music. I tried, I really tried. But after ten podcasts there was not a single band I wanted to listen to. Please create a podcast for music with some energy.
It's a great place to hear new music
I'm shocked to see this isn't ranked higher. There are so many discoveries each week and I love the relationship between the hosts. Such hungry curiosity without pomposity.