This year Pitchfork celebrates its 25th anniversary. While our website has covered many things over the past quarter century – including ambitious feature and coverage, podcasts, video documentaries, and music festivals on two continents – thorough music review and discovery has always been a central part of our mission. Since 1996 our authors have reviewed more than 28,000 (!) Albums and thus documented the changing music landscape. (Many of these albums were great. Many were terrible.) To make it easier to navigate our extensive archives, we created the Pitchfork Reviews Explorer, an interactive tool that lets you discover new albums, rediscover old ones, and enjoy writing.
Here’s how it works: Enter the name of an artist in the search bar, select that artist from the drop-down menu and view their ratings as well as ratings of similar artists (as determined in the backend by the Spotify algorithm), sorted by Evaluation in a graphical user interface. You can also filter the results to see which album recommendations are flagged as “Best New Music” releases and sort reviews by date.
Much has changed operationally and spiritually in the past two and a half decades of Pitchfork. For one thing, our earliest reviews were lost through various CMS migrations, so the site’s existing archives didn’t date back to 1999. Plus, the current iteration of Pitchfork reflects the continued growth of the site and is a more enlightened and comprehensive area than it was earlier in the day. What you might discover reflects the moment and the staff of its time, for better or for worse.
Check it out here. Have fun exploring.