Monday, January 16, 2006

For J-Money

If you have 10 people review an album, those 10 people will have 10 different reviews, and collectively these reviews can each be seen as a solution to the "problem" of "how good the album is". The 10 dimensional space that each of these reviews cover when considered collectively maps out a unique solution space for each album. For universally beloved or derided albums, the solution space will be small, for controversial albums, it will be large. For goddamned random albums like Iron Maiden's Greatest Hits, it will be a ridiculous shape, because nobody cares what the *uck a zero metal-credibilty having cobag on the Pitchfork staff actually thinks about this "album", given the fact that it cannot possibly receive a review that would fit it into the mindset of several hundred other reviews on the site. Oh look, they just rereleased The Police's Synchronicity, I can't wait to see what Amanda Petrusch has to say about it! Hey, wait isn't that an old S.O.D. cassette that someone got on Ebay? I shudder in anticipation for Joe Tangari's (a reviewer we actually respect) take!