I’m not a big fan of reading music reviews. Often times, I feel like a reviewer doesn’t give enough of a listen to an album before passing judgment. On the flip side of the coin, the industry suffers from rampant fanboyism so how objective can they truly be?
My own are no different. I’m a fan. I listen to music based on what I like and rarely stray. But I also don’t consider myself a professional reviewer, so I’m excused.
I do feel one way in which I have it right is that my real reviewing doesn’t happen until the end of the year for my Kevin’s 7 lists. This gives me the advantage of being able to stew in the music, as it were. Giving it ample time to envelop me in its sonic grasp.
So, yeah, I think ex post facto reviews are the way to go.
Imagine my joy when I discovered that Pitchfork runs a series of Sunday in-depth reviews of albums from the past. Here’s the description...
Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible.
The first one I read was March 18’s review of Bruce Springsteen’s 1982 album Nebraska. By some strange twist of fate, this was the only album from the Boss I’ve never heard. Not sure why but I hadn’t.
Based on their 10-star review, I now have. It is a great album but different than anything I’d ever heard from him to this point. And it likely would have been trashed back in the day because of its variance from his expected form.
This past Sunday, I got into their review of Neneh Cherry’s 1989 Raw Like Sushi. Although they only gave it 8/10 (still great by Pitchfork’s tightassed standards), they had good things to say overall.
I have fond memories of this album from my teen years. I always loved “Buffalo Stance” as it defines a very experimental music phase of my life. Reading this made me break out the album (insofar as you can “break out” an album on Spotify).
I’m going to make it a point to check these out each Sunday. They’re right up my alley. I can’t wait to see what they review next.