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|Favourite Sputnik Reviews (Ever, that Still Exist)|
|1||Sharon Van Etten|
Are We There
This is one of the first reviews I remember ever reading. A good one to start me off, if it was. Like with the album itself, I must’ve been directed to it—for better or worse—via Fantano’s own review, and I remember being caught up with how well robin manages to at once describe and, in some sense, *replicate* the feeling of the album in his write-up. Then again, all of it—the album, the review—might be coloured—lol—in large part by the fantastic album art. Regardless, it—the album, the review—‘s something magic.
by BROSTEP (WILL R.)
This, on the other hand, is dense in a borderline ａｃａｄｅｍｉｃkind of way. Was Brostep’s writing always like this? Maybe. What I do know, though, is that everything that came after this is equally fantastic and dense and thoughtful and ah, I assume he gets enough credit so I’ll stop.
Make Me Know You Sweet
by JOHNNYONTHESPOT (TRISTAN JONES)
Kinda thrown off by Johnny’s writing, if I’m honest—it manages to be, at once, extremely to the point, and weirdly… dense maybe. I guess that comes from having confidence in what you’re saying, and what you’re saying being something you’ve thought about for a long (or meaningful amount of) time. That’s it.
A trend: this mightn’t be Jack’s best review, but it’s the one that sticks out to me the most; it’s the one that made me excited about the writing on this website again, and—for better or worse—take seriously the power of whimsy in critical writing. I don’t think everyone should do it, it might be a bit of a tired form (some of his newer reviews are testament to the value of “serious writing”), and often humour being used to undercut pretension leads to an even less appealing kind of snobbishness, but it marks the beginning of what I see (or saw) as a remarkable shift in the site’s dedication to quality writing.
Nearer My God
I’ll be honest, there was a point in time where I didn’t like Rowan’s writing. I don’t know how long ago that must’ve been though, because over the past 12 (24? 36?) months, he’s pumped out some of the most consistently entertaining reviews on the website. Balances, much like Wines (and Ramon), an analytic edge that’s never overpowered by his personality, which still shines through undoubtedly. I mean, this mightn’t even be his best review—that’ll probably be his next one—or the next one—or the next—or next.
This mightn’t be plane’s best review (Viscera or something, I don’t know), and this is the one album on the list I’ve not listened to, but this one sticks out to me for some reason. It’s in the first line, I think, about the album him wanting to review being “fabricated” (that is, something of his own invention). That alone (the premise) makes it worth a read—and more intriguing that most reviews I’ve ever read. It helps that he’s such a fantastic writer, too.
by HEP KAT
I vowed after this review came out that I’d go through Hep Kat’s entire catalogue. I never did. In part due to laziness, but also because 124 (!) reviews is a little bit daunting. I didn’t join the site till 2013, and I didn’t use it actively till around 2015, so I feel like I’m missing a vital bit of context when it comes to Hep – but fuck it, this is one of the best reviews I’ve ever read. Like with Wines’ piece(s), you’d be forgiven for thinking it far too personal and digressive for a review—or, in the words of zakalwe, self-absorbed prattle (again, fair enough)—but you’d also be missing out on some of the most personality-driven writing on the site. That’s unbecoming, but whatever.
|8||Car Seat Headrest|
Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)
A newer one. And, no doubt, one of the best pieces of analysis I’ve ever read on the internet. The way Lauren balances contextual discussion of the album as it relates to the music itself is far beyond me, and an absolute joy to read. Part of the review praises (?) Toledo’s maturity in holding off on the disclosure of contextual detail (at least with regard to that which isn’t *his* to disclose), so it might be a bit of a moot point: but this piece feels almost like a necessary accompaniment to the album itself.
American Football (LP2)
First Wines review I read (I think), and I couldn’t be gladder that I did. I think the piece has grown on me a lot since it was published—at the time, I wrote some embarrassing comment about spelling errors, plastered forever (relative to Sput’s dwindling lifespan) on that first page—to the extent that I return to it fairly frequently nowadays. Whatever your stance on it as a “review” (that it’s far too personal and digressive for that label is perhaps fair), I think it’s an immaculate piece of writing.
It was between this and his Ana Hato.
Do you have a favourite? Let me know!
|Just a bit of a rambling, reminiscing and ass-kissing. Was difficult to whittle down but even low-stakes writing is difficult. Favourite reviews, but not necessarily favourite reviewers (though many of them are). Shout-out Habbo.|
Special mention here to Crysis/Kyle Ward.
This review in particular has all the earmarked features of a conversational, to the point straight forwardness that is beginning to fade from the site. It's a shame that it only has 20ish comments but it's probably Crysis' fault for reviewing Falls of Rauros and At The Gates with frequency.
A few Dev reviews also come to mind.
This speaks for itself.
|Remember really enjoying Sowing's write-up for A Black Mile to the Surface.|
In terms of something more humorous, I still laugh a bit reading Trebor's Defeater review. It's about the train tracks!
|as it should be.|
|gave me a heart attack thinking that anthony fantano had talked about my review there|
|Will is probably one of the best writers this site has ever had. |
I don't think I have a "favorite" but I do really like Channing's reviews, because he can evoke a just as nostalgic feeling in his writing as the music he's reviewing.
|yeezus by conradtao, kiss and tell by robertsona, and rival dealer by deviant|
|The Chocolate Starfish one and the Volition one about the bird penises |
|But notez themselves are gay|
|I've also got a pretty solid list of people's favorite reviews:|
|"The notes themselves are gay" |
Shout out to the best review of all time, the completely objective Protest the Hero review
|That's the bird penis one isn't it|
review was taken down but by god this is my favourite one ever on the site
|i luh 4 and 8 and all of them but you mustn't shortchange yourself with that Wicca Springs Eternal review of yours!!!|
also really rate this Jonathan Ketz dude in terms of newer writers: https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/78012/Mount-Eerie-A-Crow-Looked-At-Me/
|oh and 7 is fucking incredible i miss Hep :( |
|Love you. |
Gonna check some of the more serious (i.e. less objective) ones mentioned, but bird penises? Incredible. "Do birds have penises" will forever be in my search history.
|Dont have favorite reviews but favorite writers are robin, channing, chortles, rudy, lewis, verdant, and robertsona. Metal wise, kyle w. Havent read enough of other peoples to form any more favs though. |
|Wow, lauren's review of Twin Fantasy is exceptionally good, I'm in awe.|
|3 is great, kinda hard not to associate that album with that review in my mind now (especially cuz it was what persuaded me to check the album). My favorite’s always been Adam Knott’s 5 for Alligator. It’s such an adoring 5 and he describes the way the album sounds uncannily well.|
|chan's review for Taking Back Sunday's New Again is what drew me to the site |
great write up I also find Lauren's review to be outstanding
|flagged review forVillains|
|Butcher. : ( |
Also, agreed with all the above. If this was longer, I'd probably add reviews by most of those writers (and a few more).
|Chan's original review for The Devil and God (is that still available somewhere or is it gone forever?)|
|mine is opeth -blkac water pakr|
|"The notez themselves are gay" |
Oh man. I have that page saved and bookmarked somewhere. Pure gold.
|die, die hard|
always been my favorite
|"The notez themselves are gay" |
i tried to find it but couldnt, it seems to have been deleted.
I JUST WANNA READ IT AGAIN
|wow thank you so much man, i forgot how hilarious it was.|
"it works, so hats off to them, but I don't wear a hat, so they can suck my dick"
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