I can hear the collective groans but I just wonder, what score would Pitchfork award The Greatest Generation? I always assumed it would be very low, since the site has never liked music from this 'scene'. But then I read this:
It is written by Pitchfork editor (one of) Ian Cohen. This guy is the biggest name at Pitchfork in my opinion, and has great taste in music.
For those who can't be bothered reading the whole thing: "Wonder Yearsí The Greatest Generation
is almost certainly the best straight-up pop-punk album in years. At the very least, itís the best straight-up pop-punk album since the last Wonder Years record." He then compares it favourably with Vampire Weekend's latest record, which P4k awarded a 9.3.
I have really drifted from pop-punk in the past few years in favour of "more mature" music, but I can't help but love TWY. I was glad to know Cohen felt quite similar because he's a very respected critic.
So, if P4k printed a review by Cohen of the record, could it do the unthinkable and earn a Best New Music? Or at least do a '59 Sound and earn a score in the mid-8s?
PS, this isn't in the TWY official thread because a) my search wouldn't work and b) I didn't just want TWY fanboys saying it should get a 10.0 and fuck Pitchfork.