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nol
July 20th 2021


9505 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Last, I disagree that Sputnik is devoid of the Pitchfork Effect because it is volunteer-based. There’s a lot of cultural capitol, or for lack of a better word, clout that goes into the review process for many people. There’s the drive to become Staff, the drive to be featured, the drive to have people give a damn about what you have to say. It drives people to write in fancy ways that have more to do with the quality of their writing than the quality of what they’re writing about. But that’s kind of just the nature of language, so what can you do.



(which many would perhaps rubberstamp as reverse snobbery)

So I’m basically Robin Hood?



JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2021


39089 Comments


Sorry sorry, got stomped by end of term antics and crazy hours of sleep

I’d say my biggest gripe has to do with this idea, small groups of people thinking that they know exactly how the general public should feel about just about anything because the skewed sample of people around them tells them that it is so.

Ok lol I feel you on this big time - would almost have preferred it if you'd heaped it on sput pop punk because, well, you know how much I already agree on that Tool take lmao. I guess all I'd add would be that you don't really owe anything to the general public or authorial intentions as a writer. You shouldn't be writing for the sake of determining universal opinion or for indulging echo chambers or for mouthpiecing the artist on terms that you think they'd agree with - it should just be a grounded assessment of what you believe, and I think it follows that that will often produce something that would look ridiculous if projected as public opinion.

Tbh I think one of the most powerful parts of crit is how it can actively disregard authorial intention and focus on how the album (or whatever) is open to being received, long as there's no concerted (mis)representation of What John Lennon Is Trying To Say Here or whatever. At the same time, I can definitely think of some writers here and elsewhere who whitewash nuance with hyperbole, turn "I hear"s into "there is"s, reiterate consensus for the sake of legitimising their own opinion even if this doesn't scan as something they actually believe, or use superficial contextual or lyrical analysis to make Big Points about meaning or interpretation, so I guess we agree there to some extent. I try to keep an "I" voice as open and explicit as poss without going overboard on it because I think judgements as personal as the ones that make for good reviews should be matched with a personal tone and style for the sake of writer-reader integrity, but this ain't foolproof and it's just one part of keeping up a sensitive expression.

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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2021


39089 Comments


re. the Sputnik effect, I see where you're coming from but think that the site's decentralised approach has a pretty huge bearing on how those incentives and stakes translate compared to on P4k. Sure, some writers end up churning out hollow reads that feel like cheap imitations of stuff there, here or elsewhere, but I think the people who do best here pin down a style and voice that you wouldn't mistake for anyone else's.

It drives people to write in fancy ways that have more to do with the quality of their writing than the quality of what they’re writing about

Tbh I v firmly believe that there is critical writing that has more craft, depth or value than the music it's directed at, but that should ofc never be your goal as a writer. I think your point cuts both ways; sometimes you might be touching on interesting points by focusing on thoughts or feelings inspired by the album more than the musiq itself, but it's defs an imprecise science working out how to express this without making the actual playable 40ish minutes you're writing about redundant within your review. I think it's v important to challenge this from time to time - but it's a struggle to engage with this when it comes entirely in glib/dismissive terms

tl;dr ig the only journalism worth reading is so whackass and cracked that it could never be mistaken for public opinion

parksungjoon
July 22nd 2021


33798 Comments


true now feature my review and approve my band edits

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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2021


39089 Comments


i can do neither of those things go pester a mod

Colton
July 22nd 2021


11107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i put baked parmesan crackers on my chicken nugget wraps tonight to give them a little crunch

ToneMisfit932
July 22nd 2021


33 Comments


Colton how do they taste

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Colton
July 22nd 2021


11107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really good. some of the best I’ve made in a while



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