I Don’t Understand Pitchfork

I save most of my music shopping until the end of year most years. I trust that the appropriate sites – read, Pitchfork – will figure out what good stuff was released in the last year so that I don’t have to. Well, they’ve really screwed me over this year. So, I go to Pitchfork’s top 10 looking for a few CDs to treat myself to. At No. 1 is Silent Shout by The Knife. I head to iTunes – the stuff’s okay, but avant-garde Swedish disco really isn’t my thing. So onto No. 2 – Return to Cookie Mountain by TV on the Radio. I ignore the fact that both the album and the band have terrible names and head back to iTunes. Dear God is this stuff bad – not just bad, emo bad. Okay, I’ll give Pitchfork one more shot. No. 3 is Ys by Joanna Newsom. I ignore the fact that I have no idea how to pronounce the album’s name, and go to iTunes. And it’s a harp album. Where the shortest song is 7 minutes. And there are five songs. And the 30-second preview of each puts me into a nice and comfortable sleep.
What the hell, Pitchfork? This isn’t a bad year for music. Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not by Artic Monkeys was overhyped, but it was still very good, and it’s not even on your list. Same with Broken Boy Soldiers by The Raconteurs – not as good as Get Behind Me Satan, but still very good, and also not on your list. And Let’s Get Out of This Country by Camera Obscura was bloody fantastic, and yet that gets it No. 45 by your metrics. You bastards gave be your own PET No. 21 and they don’t know how to play their @#$%ing instruments. Gah.

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