The website Metacritic, ten years old last month, really is visionary. With such a glut of opinion now on the web, it's impossible to assimilate it all, so Metacritic simply distills a general consensus from a great mass of reviews, the critical equivalent of crowd-sourcing. It's like how if you average a large number of people's estimates of how many jellybeans are in a jar, you're likely to get a pretty accurate answer.
This funny Village Voice piece about tom-tom rock band Best Coast takes that approach to the next level. It's not about the band, it's a statistical interpetation of the coverage of the band.
Could this be the future of music journalism?