Pickin’ On Pitchfork, Volume 3

Wanna see what Pitchfork was like way back in 2001? Well, you can, because some enterprising (re: bored) dude has somehow retrieved the old site and it’s a bit of a revelation, I must say. Not so much the erudite assholes they would become, Pitchfork 2001 reads like a collection of essays by real live music nerds operating out of their garage, and the reviews are all the better for it. More tongue-in-cheek with a whiff of sarcasm, and hardly any “you-should-like-this-because-I-know-better-than-you” stuff. Also of interest, there are reviews on the old site that didn’t make it to the archives on the new site.

http://web.archive.org/web/20010801152632/http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/o/

And for your amusement, here are some albums that Pitchfork rated 0 out of 10:

Sonic Youth: NYC Ghosts and Flowers
Kiss: Music From The Elder
Jet: Shine On
Flaming Lips: Zaireeka
B.T.O.: The Best Of…

No matter how terrible B.T.O. was, any album that contains “Takin’ Care Of Business” doesn’t warrant a zero. A 2, maybe, but not a zero.

Lastly, here are a few albums that received a perfect score, 10 out of 10:

The Cure: Disintegration
Rolling Stones: Exile On Main Street
Galaxie 500: On Fire
Spiritualized: Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
The Stone Roses: Stone Roses
Beatles: Every album from Rubber Soul through Abbey Road
Radiohead: The Bends, Kid A, OK Computer
XTC: English Settlement
The Who: Odds n Sods
Television: Marquee Moon
Kiss: Alive!

Hard to argue what’s here, although I was surprised as HELL that “Odds N Sods” received a perfect score. The reviewer even went so far as to state that it’s “probably the best rock and roll reissue since Iggy and the Stooges’ 1997 mix of Raw Power!”

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