With its authoritative numerical scores, definitive-sounding Best New Music designation and reliable daily volume of reviews, online magazine Pitchfork has positioned itself as a trusted arbiter of what music matters for a certain generation of readers. Its end-of-year and end-of-decade lists are reliable sources for finding great music, and, while the site has gained a reputation for elitism in some circles, it's ultimately pretty good at pushing the things worth paying attention to to the forefront of discussion.
At the same time, the scientific exactitude of a decimal score can invite dismissiveness, offering an easy benchmark for readers to decide whether or not music is worth their attention. Inevitably, some worthwhile albums slip through the cracks and get passed over in day-to-day listening, their low scores masking their redeeming qualities or underselling their unique charm. The albums on this list aren't all lost classics or even necessarily forgotten gems, but rather albums that Pitchfork didn't hype as much as they deserved, albums that were more interesting than their score implied or simply albums that were numerically underrated. It's time to set the record straight.Continue Reading