Pitchfork Perfect 10.0′s and 0.0′s…



Regardless of how you feel about Pitchfork, I don’t think any of us can argue the sites relevancy within the small confines of our music world. Needless to say Pitchfork is always a polarizing topic. You have those that hate the sheer existence of it and consider the writers pretentious music elitists with a little too much power, and then there are those people who appreciate the site and rely heavily on its recommendations. Regardless of what side of the fence we are on when it comes to this issue, we all still inevitably read Pitchfork. Truthfully, I read it every day and I look forward to it. I don’t always agree with their reviews, but I have my coffee, check the news and right before I start working I check the Pitchfork reviews.

I do hate that so many people put so much stock in their reviews, but like it or not a good/bad Pitchfork review can make or break a band. Many people claim Pitchfork is responsible for breaking bands like Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, Interpol, Wolf Parade, and Broken Social Scene. I think it’s safe to say all these bands have plenty of talent, but I’m sure the little nudge Pitchfork gave them didn’t hurt their chances. On the other hand a poor Pitchfork review can destroy a band’s career just as quickly. We all remember the monkey drinking its own piss review of Jet’s, Shine On, and the satirical review of the Black Kid’s Partie Traumatic.

I haven’t heard much from Jet lately, and I guess we will have to wait and see if the Black Kid’s can overcome their poor review. This got me thinking about how consistent Pitchfork has been with their reviews in the past, so I decided to try to find a list of albums that have received perfect 10.0’s throughout the years as well as a listing of those unfortunate albums that have received 0.0′s.. I didn’t have to look very long as some members of the Ateaseweb forum kindly pointed me to Pitchfork’s wiki page complete with all the information I needed.

I went ahead and linked to as many of the real reviews as I could, but some of them have been taken down over the years. The list is broken down into three categories. The first list includes actual albums that received 10.0’s upon first release, the second list included albums that received 10.0’s upon re-release, and lastly is the list of albums receiving a 0.0.

View the lists after the jump…

Albums that have received a perfect 10.0 from P4k

1. Radiohead – Kid A

MP3: Radiohead – The National Anthem (mp3)


2. Radiohead – OK Computer


3. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – I See A Darkness


4. The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin


5. …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Source Tags and Codes

grey_line16. 12 Rods – gay? (EP)


7. Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert 1


8. Robert Pollard – Relaxation of the Asshole (received a 0.0 and a 10.0)

edit – It looks like it might just be a 10.0 now.



9. Amon Tobin – Bricolage



10. Walt Mink – El Producto


11. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot


12. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


Reissues that have received a perfect 10.0 from P4k

  1. Boards of Canada – Music has the Right to Children


  1. Glenn Branca – The Ascension


  1. James Brown – Live at the Apollo(Expanded Edition)


  1. The Clash – The Essential Clash


  1. The Clash – London Calling: 25th Anniversary Edition


  1. John Coltrane – The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording


  1. Elvis Costello and The Attractions – This Year’s Model


  1. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue


  1. Miles Davis – Sketches of Spain


  1. DJ Shadow – Endtroducing…..(Deluxe Edition)


  1. The Fall – This Nation’s Saving Grace


  1. Iggy and The Stooges – Raw Power


  1. Joy Division – Closer


  1. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures


  1. KISS – Alive!


  1. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea


  1. Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe and Reduxe


  1. Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA’s Desert Origins


  1. Pink Floyd – Animals


  1. Otis Redding – Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul(Collector’s Edition)


  1. The Replacements – Let It Be


  1. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation: Deluxe Edition


  1. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run: 30th Anniversary Edition


  1. Television – Marquee Moon


  1. The Velvet Underground – Loaded


  1. The Velvet Underground and Nico – S/T

Review no longer exists.


  1. The Who – Odds and Sods


  1. Wire – Pink Flag


  1. Wire – Chairs Missing


  1. XTC – English Settlement


  1. Various Artists – No Thanks!: The 70s Punk Rebellion


  1. R.E.M. – Murmur (Deluxe Edition)


  1. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique: 20th Anniversary Edition


  1. Serge Gainsbourg – Histoire de Melody Nelson


  1. Radiohead – The Bends: Collector’s Edition


  1. Radiohead – OK Computer: Collector’s Edition


  1. R.E.M. – Reckoning (Deluxe Edition)


  1. Radiohead – Kid A: Special Collectors Edition


  1. The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour


  1. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band


  1. The Beatles – Revolver


  1. The Beatles – Rubber Soul


  1. The Beatles – The Beatles (White Album)


  1. The Beatles – Abbey Road


  1. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses (20th Anniversary Reissue)


  1. Neil Young – Everybody Knows this Is Nowhere


  1. Neil Young – After the Gold Rush


  1. Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating in Space [Collector’s Edition]


  1. Pavement – Quarantine the Past


  1. Galaxie 500 – On Fire


  1. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St.


  1. The Cure – Disintegration [Deluxe Edition]


  1. Weezer – Pinkerton [Deluxe Edition]


  1. The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I (vinyl reissue)


  1. Nirvana – Nevermind [20th Anniversary Edition]


  1. Talk Talk – Laughing Stock


  1. The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions


  1. Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream Deluxe Edition


  1. Throbbing Gristle – 20 Jazz Funk Greats


  1. Can – Tago Mago [40th Anniversary Edition]


  1. My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything


  1. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless


  1. Gza – Liquid Swords: Chess Box Deluxe Edition


  1. Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure (reissue)


  1. Joni Mitchell – Blue


  1. Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark


  1. Joni Mitchell – The Hissing of Summer Lawns


  1. William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops


  1. The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground and Nico


  1. The Smiths – Hatful of Hollow


  1. The Smiths – The Queen is Dead


  1. D’Angelo – Voodoo


  1. J Dilla – Donuts (45 Box Set)


  1. Nas – Illmatic


  1. Nirvana – In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition


  1. Nick Drake – Pink Moon


  1.  The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat


  1. Mobb Deep – The Infamous


  1. Slint – Spiderland


  1. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II


  1. Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas


  1. Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West


  1. Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back


  1. Public Enemy – Fear of A Black Planet


  1. The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition


  1. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti

Albums that have received a 0.0 from P4k

1. Bachman-Turner Overdrive – Remastered Hits: The Best of…

2. The Flaming Lips – Zaireeka

A feature defending the album and criticizing the review was later also published on the website.

3. John Frusciante – Smile from the Streets You Hold

In this review, the critic writes “I’m giving it a 0.0 because you’ll have to call this one on your own, sorry.”

4. Jet – Shine On

This album was not given a rating—the review consisted only of a video of a chimpanzee urinating into its own mouth.

5. Francisco Lopez – Untitled #104

6. Travis Morrison – travistan

7.Kiss – Music From “The Elder”

8. Kiss/Peter Criss

9. Liz Phair – Liz Phair

The review of Phair’s subsequent album expressed regret that the 0.0 was “wasted” on Liz Phair, because “it’s much better than Somebody’s Miracle.”

10. Robert Pollard – Relaxation of the Asshole

In the review, this album was given a “(1)0.0″ theoretically giving it both a 10.0 and 0.0 rating.

edit – It looks like it might just be a 10.0 now.

11. Sonic Youth – NYC Ghosts and Flowers

12. Various Artists – This Is Next


My Favorite Albums from 2000:


12. Avey Tare and Panda Bear – Spirit They’re Gone Spirit They’ve Vanished
11. Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump
10. Bright Eyes – Fevers and Mirrors
9. The Avalanches – Since I left you
8. The Microphones – It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water
7. Outkast – Stankonia
6. Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP
5. At the Drive In – Relationship in Command
4. Modest Mouse – The Moon & Antarctica
3. The White Stripes – De Stijl
2. Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker
1. Radiohead – Kid A

My Favorite Albums From 2001


12. Gorillaz – Gorillaz

11. Spiritualized – Let It Come Down

10. Ryan Adams – Gold

09. The Shins – Oh, Inverted World

08. Spoon – Girls Can Tell

07. My Morning Jacket – At Dawn

06.  Daft Punk – Discovery

05.  The Microphones – The Glow Pt. 2

04.  Jay-Z – The Blueprint

03. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells

02. The Strokes – Is This It

01. Radiohead – Amnesiac

The best albums of 2002 (in my opinion)


12. Bright Eyes – Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground

11. Eminem -The Eminem Show

10. Sigur Rós – ( )

9. The Libertines – Up the Bracket

8. Spoon – Kill the Moonlight

7. Tom Waits – Alice

6. Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It in People

5. The Mountain Goats – All Hail West Texas

4. The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

3. Interpol – Turn On the Bright Lights

2. Beck – Sea Change

1. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Favorite Albums of 2014…



I’m not sure what I think about 2014 musically.  There were some great albums, but I never felt overwhelmed trying to keep up with the greatness like I did in 2013.  That could mean it was a down year or it could mean I’m just getting old and exploring less music.  Nevertheless, here are my 15 favorite.

15. YG | My Krazy Life

14. Flying Lotus | You’re Dead

13. Ryan Adams | Ryan Adams

12. Cloud Nothings | Here and Nowhere Else

11. Parquet Courts | Sunbathing Animal

10. Caribou | Our Love

09. Shabazz Palaces | Lese Majesty

08. Real Estate | Atlas

07. Mac Demarco | Salad Days

06. Todd Terje | It’s Album Time

05. The War on Drugs | Lost in the Dream

04. Spoon | They Want My Soul

03. D’Angelo | Black Messiah

02. Iceage | Plowing Into the Field of Love

01. Run the Jewels | Run the Jewels 2

Also, a Spotify playlist of some of the best songs of 2014.

Favorite Songs in 2014