I've got a whole city to hold down

June 09, 2004

He blinded me with science

Man, wouldn't it be cool if somebody did a statistical analysis of the content of thousands of album reviews?

Okay, maybe not. But one Loren Jan Wilson thought so, and you can read the findings here. His subject? None other than Pitchfork. His academic institution? The University of Chicago, and we bet you're shocked.

A bit of Wilson's conclusions: "Pitchfork critics are 3.8 times more likely to use a meaningless value judgement [sic] word when they're describing something they don't like. The critics are much more likely to describe the music itself when they like it. ... When the Pitchfork reviewers write about a record they don't like, they're more likely to mention two things: 1. words referencing consumerism and business, and 2. words insulting the intelligence of the musicians or listeners."