Clues Write Their Own Pitchfork Review


I was checking out the website Villa Villa Nola (spend some time checking out their artists) when I found a very humorous post from Clues. They decided to write their own Pitchfork review of their own album. I guess they agree with me and feel that the real Pitchfork review is a surface level write up and really doesn't say anything. Here is Clues...writing their own Pitchfork review:

69 Pits!!!!! A first. Thank You!!!
“In many ways the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgement. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But, the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things… the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something… and that is in the discovery and defense of the new.

The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends.
Last night I experienced something new, an extraordinary record from an singularly unexpected source. To say that both the record and its makers have challenged my preconceptions about music, is a gross understatement– they have rocked me to my core.

In the past I have made no secret of my disdain for Clues Collective’s famous motto: “Anyone Can Play Guitar”. But I realize only now do I truly understand what they meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.

It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now recording at Constellation, who are, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest Clues in North America.” -Pitchfork Media"


  1. You do realize that this is pretty much verbatim Anton Ego's review from the end of "Ratatouille," right? I think their intention is a little more sarcastically tongue-in-cheek than you realize.

  2. I didn't realize it was from "Ratatouille" but I completely agree that it is tongue-in-cheek. Clues is the type of band that I imagine not caring too much what critics think...more about the quality of music they write. Their debut album is almost impossible to fully enjoy on one spin alone, it's dense and deserves several listens to unlock the genius.

  3. "Their debut album is almost impossible to fully enjoy on one spin alone, it's dense and deserves several listens to unlock the genius."

    That pretty much describes any album worth listening to, in my opinion. I'll have to check it out.

  4. To summarize:
    Ratatouille = good
    Clues = good
    Fork = bad

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