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Worst Pitchfork Album Snubs

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    Shields

    Shields

    • Artist: Grizzly Bear
    • Label: Warp
    • Pitchfork Score: 9.1

    You see that number up there?

    That's a 9.1.

    I mean sure Shields was no Veckatimest, but still.

    9.1

    Back when I read Pitchfork a 9.1 used to MEAN something, dammit.

    9.33
    6 votes
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    Helplessness Blues

    Helplessness Blues

    • Artist: Fleet Foxes
    • Label: Sub Pop
    • Pitchfork Score: 8.8

    Who let this happen? Who let this NOT land above 100? Was it 101? It scored higher than like half the list when it was reviewed! WHY WOULD PITCHFORK DO THIS TO US? Sure it's not the stark, depressing folk of Benji, but surely there's a place for an album that sounds like driving backseat through the plains of wilderness and quarter-life crises on the 100 Best Albums! 

    There really isn't anything to say other than Section.80, which was 45 on the 2012 list, was on the 100 of the decade and Helplessness Blues was 15. 

    9.80
    5 votes
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    The Age of Adz

    The Age of Adz

    • Artist: Sufjan Stevens
    • Label: Asthmatic Kitty
    • Pitchfork Score: 8.4

    Sufjan not only can do it all, he does do it all. People were hoping for another States album (I personally would love to one day hear Sufjan's sonic interpretation of Pennsylvania) but Sufjan doesn't give fans what they want. He gives them what they need. An epic record pressing the reset button on his career Kid A style (even though electronics were nothing new to him), and ending with an equally epic 25-minute final track, Stevens made a lasting impact on his perception and stretched the limits of what "folk" musicians can do.

     

    9.00
    5 votes
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    The Archandroid

    The Archandroid

    • Artist: Janelle Monáe
    • Label: Wondaland Arts Society; Bad Boi
    • Pitchfork Score: 8.5

    It would be reductive to say that Janelle Monáe is "just another pop singer". Her unique penchant for stretching herself across genres and balancing bombast with subtlety has made her a point of reference in the world of independant R&B singers. Without her, there would be no Solange, no Jessie Ware, hell there probably wouldn't even be Haim. Even big artists like Beyoncé seemed to take note, as her album 4 had a very similar tone to The Archandroid.

    So why did she get left off? Sure, her stuff follows a weird narrative and she's a bit of an oddity in the music world - She SHOULD be a big deal but she isn't so she just kind of gets lumped with Indie acts - but saying her album is less deserving of a spot on the 100 than other artists second entries on the chart? Inexcusable.

    9.00
    4 votes
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    Black Up

    Black Up

    • Artist: Shabazz Palaces
    • Label: Sub Pop
    • Pitchfork Score: 8.8

    This was ranked 14th on Pitchfork's top 100 albums of 2011, yet is absent in the half decade list, why? This thing is essential experimental hiphop that was very highly touted, maybe the 'Fork doesn't like the idea that hip hop shouldn't be experimental unless it's Yeezus but this album is going to go down as one of the best hiphop records ever. To leave it out is a disgrace.

    9.00
    3 votes
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    Silence Yourself

    Silence Yourself

    • Artist: Savages
    • Label: Matador
    • Pitchfork Score: 8.7

    Pitchfork is a fickle, fickle beast. They will be driving the bandwagon but then crash it into a bridge. They don't care! I mean they didn't crash the hype nearly as bad as they did for Black Kids, but it's a bit of a shaft to leave of 2013's #9 record of the Top 100. This fierce millenial post-punk came in like a wrecking ball, but left the public consciousness just in time for the half-decade recap apparently.

    7.33
    3 votes
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    Shrines

    Shrines

    • Artist: Purity Ring
    • Label: 4AD
    • Pitchfork Score: 8.4

    Alright, this is more of a personal bias but this was a great album, right? I think it was an important step forward for pop music, a stepping stone for the type of sound that would launch Lorde to stardom and will inevitably bring about a whole bunch of imitators.The dark lyrics/bright sound has been around since The Smiths and before, but Megan James and Corin Roddick tapped into something that was about to burst in the collective artistic mind and brought it to life.

    8.00
    2 votes
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