The thing I love about AD's columns, more & more, is that he seems to become more idiosyncratic in taste and opinionated with the passage of time. I relished reading him trashing Costello & the fawning music critics in this month's issue, although I think he's off his rockers about Yo La Tengo. But that's precisely the point; even when you disagree with him, you do so in the passion for the music you love (or hate). A lot of times, we can get caught in the gear-geekery (i.e. moi recently, with TTs) and AD's columns kind of snap you back into what's important. (But he's still trippin' about Yo La Tengo).
I also like the fact that he's a reviewer with a guilty conscience, about feeling bad about having to deal with materialist contingencies when reviewing gear. That's so dope, dude. How funny would that be if he read Marx or Adorno in the tiny blue corner behind one of his Audio Notes!