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Ok Ok. The Perez Hilton thing has nothing to do with this post. But seriously, with all the music out there right now how can you read a review and decide that you might like it based on that review? Well? You can’t.
Back in the day if Rolling Stone told you something was good, you would buy it. Not the case anymore. Pitchfork has become the snooty place to read reviews on. If Animal Collective comes out with an album they are instantly ranked in the 9’s. (which is a big big deal to get in the 9’s on Pitchfork) But you know what? They are AWFUL live. (so are MGMT but Pitchfork loves them as well) And honestly the last album Animal Collective put out was the only listenable one they’ve ever put out in their (hopefully) short lived career.
So I was recently shocked to read that a top favorite album of mine was ranked a 5.3 This? Is outrageous. Now I sound like even more of a music snob than the Pitchfork reviews, but seriously? The review was completely wrong. And so was the rating.
As Tall as Lions are a band growing in recognition and have just released their third album called ‘You Can’t Take it With You’. So I decided to see what Pitchfork had to say about it and stumbled across the 5.3 review of their second album ‘As Tall as Lions’ and was shocked. That album was AMAZING! They gave them shit about the production of the album. The production was amazing! And the songs were amazing! They said the songs on the album hid behind the production. NOT. TRUE.
I’ve seen the band live about 3 times now and they are INCREDIBLE live. Hiding behind production? Go watch the band live Mr. Pitchfork reviewer. You will see that if they play to a crowd of 2,000 or 200 they will perform the same and blow you away with how good they sound live.
Read the review, get the album, and form your own opinions. I just don’t think I can trust what Pitchfork has to say anymore.