the whole thing is kind of goofy
If it's for their anniversary, shouldn't they focus more on artists that mattered to Pitchfork in their heyday? Like, sure, Aaliyah is influential, but they didn't write an Aaliyah review until she had been dead for 18 years! Not that I'm opposed to Pitchfork covering a wider range of artists, there's just a weird thing where they're both apologizing for and celebrating their past. It also feels like everything gets a 6.5 or above these days, and there are fewer oddities and specific writers criticizing an album they see as a failure.
They've also added an article about scores they want to change. Prince's Musicology is actually an overlooked classic? Sure, whatever you say.