Jon Hopkins gets BNM with an 8.5. It's definitely a pretty remarkable album.
Nice, i've been digging that album a lot.
It's a fantastic album.
yet RAM gets an 8.8? what the christ?
I guess it's more that they're participating in a media frenzy over that album which regards it not just as a good, well produced album but as an antidote to a pop music landscape that is littered with internet sensations and quick fixes but no enduring, prolonged statement of purpose. It's hardly the most egregious review or score they've given, but it adds to what I consider really inexplicable universal praise. On Metacritic, the lowest scores are at 60. Even if you do enjoy the album, I can't imagine seeing it as this landmark release that's really striking new ground and changing the tides of pop music. At best, it's a loving homage to a certain kind of album that doesn't really build upon or add anything new to the equation.
The BoC album could definitely be seen in a similar light as being a tribute to electronic horror film scores of the late 70s, but they've integrated their own sound into that context masterfully. I don't think it's a landmark release really either, but it's a refinement of their sound that results in one of their strongest, most coherent albums.
I don't really have a closing argument here.
That seems fair.
To me (someone who likes the Daft Punk album) the more egregious Pitchfork sin was their ridiculous cover story for Daft Punk, which pretty obviously crossed the line from critical advocacy into straight-up commercial promotion.
Well fucking deserved. 8.9!
Ha...well, maybe not walking through fire, but each cover story has featured some pretty sweet, animated graphics in the context of the artist being profiled. I do agree with you that commercial promotion is an inextricable element of the Pitchfork cover story, but this has to go for all of them.
I dunno. The Ariel Pink piece pretty much consisted of a low level Pitchfork writer sitting in a shitty apartment in downtown LA with Ariel for half a day. Not a whole lot of effort was put into that story.
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Sigur Rós: Kveikur - 8.1
This is really not a 9.5 for me....oh well. Yeezus is P4K's god.
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Edit- this record is a 7 not a fucking 9.5. Goddamn Pitchfork can't seem to forget about his big black balls!
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They only gave him a 9.5 to hype up their Pitchfork France Festival. I'm sure they took money from Kanye's people as well.
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I think this is Kanye's best album. While I may not agree with it being a 9.5, it is definitely an incredibly accomplished and daring album that deserves recognition. Kanye has said that he doesn't care about being played on the radio anymore and his experimentation on Yeezus shows Kanye really coming into his own artistically. He has probably wanted to make an album like this for a long time, but felt like this was the first time he was actually able to make it happen.
i'm having some love/hate feelings with this album. the hate stemming from Bon Iver and that reggae dude almost completely ruining the tracks they're on.
9.5 huh? Well I guess I have to give the damn thing a listen now.