The sweeping clarity of rock criticism

May 21st, 2012  |  Tags:

I often enjoy Pitchfork‘s reviews of popular and semi-popular music, but a description of subpar verse as having “the sweeping clarity of a dissertation, the galvanizing fire of a sermon, and the forcefulness of a hurled brick … [with the] the cleansing power of a confession” is the sort of thing that someone can only write if they have never before encountered any of those nouns in the real world — or if they mean to lampoon pretentious rock writing.