Pitchfork Reviews: Re-scored: Rated

Pitchfork did some thinking and decided to change their mind about some things. The music blog known for its meticulous decimal reviews has gone back and reevaluated 19 of the scores they previously gave to albums over the years.

Everyone from Regina Spektor to Chief Keef, the new scores are “born of conversations” the Pitchfork staff “always” have and, in bold, “not cannon.” The real question is: how “good” are these re-reviewed reviews? I’m not a music critic, but I also like to give a somewhat arbitrary numerical value to a work based on my own personal whims, so here are my own reviews of the 10 re-scored Pitchfork reviews that hit me the most. claims.

Wilco: Sky blue sky

Original score: 5.2

Revised Score: 8.5

Olivia’s score of this rescore: 2.6

One time a friend took me to a Wilco show and I only saw one other woman there whose skin color couldn’t be described as alabaster. Pitchfork calls them “one of the most daring rock groups”, but I haven’t had a good time and therefore think this album probably doesn’t deserve an 8.5. I think their original rating of 5.2 (which I give an 8.9) was fine.

Chef Keef: Back from the dead

Original score: 7.9

Revised Score: 9.1

Olivia’s score of this rescore: 7.3

Chief Keef is literally ten days older than me, so it was really cool that he put out music like that when we were both 17. I support him in all his endeavours, but like Pitchfork I agree he made better music later on. Then again, this is the mixtape that gave us “I Don’t Like” so maybe it should get a 10.

Regina Spektor: start to hope

Original score: 7.5

Revised Score: 8.5

Olivia’s score of this rescore: 9.1

Shout out to all the girls who dressed as if they lived in London as they scrolled endless hours through Tumblr to keep this album alive through the years. This one was definitely for you, and you deserve this very minor upgrade from the music authorities.

Chairlift: Moth

Original score: 7.6

Revised Score: 8.5

Olivia’s score of this rescore: 0.9

My score reflects both the actual numerical difference between Pitchfork’s two scores and how pointless it is to include such a small increase on their list. It got better with less than a full point? Thank you for your explanation. Maybe leave that one in the Slack channel and stop wasting Caroline Polachek’s time.

The strokes: Room on fire

Original score: 8.0

Revised Score: 9.2

Olivia’s score of this rescore: 4.7

We, as a culture, don’t have to give Julian Casablancas more than he already has.

royal wool: Born to die

Original score: 5.5

Revised Score: 7.8

Olivia’s score of this rescore: 6.3

As with Chief Keef, Lana’s debut album was huge for me in high school, so I’ll always say it’s the best thing I’ve ever heard in my life. That said, I can’t help but notice that they gave it a 7.8, just a tenth of a point higher than what the artist Shamir called “the essential gay-listening bat signal.” Could that be a coincidence? Maybe, but they lose points for brutality.

Charlie XCX: devout devout

Original Rating: 4.5

Revised Score: 7.8

Olivia’s score of this rescore: 3.5

Okay, no coincidence.

daft punk: Discovery

Original score: 6.4

Revised Score: 10

Olivia’s score of this rescore: 7.9

I’m not a fan of electronic music, nor am I saying that every piece of art is perfect, but I do appreciate the enthusiasm shown here. Discovery is one of those albums that is your favorite artist’s favorite album, and you can’t really emphasize enough how big the impact has been and still has. Or I think you can, and they did.

Grimes: Miss Anthropocene

Original score: 8.2

Revised Score: 6.9

Olivia’s score of this rescore: 6.3

Are they right that this album isn’t as good as, say, art angels? Yes. Do I think they are trying to notice Grimes by giving her what is essentially a 69? Yes. She likes math jokes. Points deducted once again for brutality. “Delete Forever” is still a great song.

Liz Phair: Liz Phair

Original score: 0.0

Revised Score: 6.0

Olivia’s score of this rescore: 8.2

Justice was served, but was it enough?

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