So, now that the album makes more sense, do you think pitchfork need to change the score?
Also, the review starts with:
>"David Bowie has died many deaths yet he is still with us."
Pitchfork thinks everything is, or should be, polemical.
They took this beautiful, fearful, powerful and seminal (in relation to bowies life) album and reviewed it as a middle finger to the man.
>Rather than trying to outrun those years, as he did in the '80s and '90s, he is now mining them in a resolutely bizarre way that scoffs at greatest-hits tours, nostalgia, and brainless regurgitation.
Pitchfork is absolutely shit and you should feel shit for caring what they think.
I fully agree with you, it's extremely clear what Bowie was exploring in Blackstar, with the knowledge he was aware of his impending death; it's a remarkable swan song.
P4k re-reviewing though, idgaf. I think they're wholly unsuited to comment as they're too busy with their own agenda to look at anything in a broader context, especially in relation to an artists personal life - unless that artist has been a victim of misogyny or is literally illiterate beyond screaming FUCK THE SYSTEM.
I don't go to pitchfork anymore and this was the first review I'd read on there in a couple years because Bowie's Facebook posted it when it came out.
Not saying it's super important or more than "hey look at this press we're getting!" but pitchfork and the review must have been on his team's radar at least.