by / July 23rd, 2008 /

Pitchfork give Black Kids album 0.0 then backtrack to a 3.3

Black Kids

Pitchfork Media has taken the piss again. Yesterday the indier-than-thou music site posted a review of Black Kids Partie Traumatic with a 3.3 and a photo of two dogs with the caption “Sorry :-/”. No review. Just the lead summary to the album on the main page which reads “After a well-received EP, Jacksonville’s Black Kids release a Bernard Butler-produced debut that surprisingly hit the top 5 in the UK.” No explanation.

Earlier in the year, the site gave Black Kids Wizard of Ahhhs EP a rating of 8.4 so the non-review seems a little crass. There’s more however. Initially, the review appeared with a 0.0 review though the explanation seems to be a genuine error. Editor Scott Plagenhoef explained here that that the first rating was “simply a regrettable computer error,” and that the review “was accidentally up when we woke and it was changed asap.”

See the review.

  • lol

  • Joe

    Saw that yesterday, to be honest I thought it was lazy and bit smug for my liking. If they get so complacent with their reviews the joke will wear thin and people will look elsewhere for a decent read- a friend told me that for a review for Jet’s second album all Pitchfork did was embed a YouTube video of a monkey drinking his own piss.

    Fine if you don’t like it, at least explain why though, or am I expecting too much from holier than thou reviews?

  • [quote post=”1875″]a friend told me that for a review for Jet’s second album all Pitchfork did was embed a YouTube video of a monkey drinking his own piss.[/quote]

    Yup
    http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/38853-shine-on

  • It’s a favourite tactic of Pitchfork: build up a band with great reviews and then cut them down to size whenever they feel like it. Usually it’s when a band release their third album.

  • I’d go with the 0.0 review of The Black Kids, but I’d have no problem backing it up with several paragraphs.