“Are 140-Character Reviews The Future Of Music Criticism?” by Jacob Ganz / Ann Powers

I generally don’t want to read long music reviews and I don’t see how a review can offer deep introspection when an album is still fresh. The music reviews I get the most out of, that tell me whether I should check something out or not, are about a paragraph or two.1

I don’t need a seven paragraph review that tells me the new Coldplay album is “meh.”


  1. EQ has a format like this with no number scores. It’s how I learned about Kurt Elling’s album with covers of Matte Kudasai and Steppin’ Out. Contrast that with Pitchfork who published a seven paragraph review of Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto and rated it a 7 at the top.