Pitchfork is INSANELY powerful to making or breaking a band. Most other media sources just wait and copy Pitchfork's feed. I completely affects a band's abillity to tour, play festivals etc. Mr. Mocha, you agree with pitchfork, but as you can see on the comments here, they are not "right". Just one side of a coin that doesn't want to see this band try new things, and experiment, and honestly, I feel that this record is MASSIVELY improvement on the last.
granted a lot of people like it too. I hope these guys focus on that and keep perfecting what they do. Pitchfork really needs to have less power. It is a complete monopoly, and it shocks me how many blogs just copy them. You wold think you would want to separate themselves form pitchfork rather than just seem like a pale copy.
i like how polarizing they seem to be, but it must feel tragic for them. It is definitely their strongest record IMO, and yes different, but not really if you really listen, All the elements are there. I wish more people writing realized how this sort of quick listen judgement writing can hurt a band. It must feel horrible to work so hard and just get totally trashed.