YMMV / The Needle Drop

  • 8.8: Excluding anything he's reviewed for Classics Week, he has only ever given three albums a perfect 10, those being Death Grips' The Money Store, Swans' To Be Kind and Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly. Naturally, he gets this reaction a lot. It's can be pretty dumb when he gets this very often for not liking something enough by people who don't seem to realize that a six-to-eight score is a good score.
  • Ass Pull: Intentional to sheer hilarious levels with how the "CAL IS SAVED" episode came out.
  • Awesome Moments: There's a rarely a moment in Fantano's channel, but one recently happened: After Anthony closed down THATISTHEPLAN, The Fader published a thinkpiece that accused him of being involved with the alt-right based on completely misconstrued, fabricated, or downright illogical allegations, even going as far as to accuse Fantano of laughing along someone he was interviewing who was talking about wanting to commit sexual assaultnote . The result? Fantano responds back, calmly but completely deconstructing and wrecking the entire article.
  • Broken Base: His "NOT GOOD" series. It's either one of Anthony's best ideas and allows to him to go into more detail regarding why an album can be horrible in his eyes (eg. Corey Feldman's album) or it's just an excuse for him to indulge in his biases and bash acts and genres he isn't fond of (as seen from the reception regarding his reviews of blink-182's California and Meshuggah's The Violent Sleep of Reason).
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The beginning of his Wolf review.
    • The beginning of his Goblin review as well.
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • "SLIPKNOT TRACK REVIEW"
    • "CAL CHUCHESTA IN A PARK"
    • "Yung Lean - Unknown Death 2002 MIXTAPE REVIEW"
    • Some of his reviews get this, such as his review on Limp Bizkit's album Golden Cobra, which consisted of nothing but him eating.
    • His review on Dark Sky Paradise by Big Sean, consisting of him constantly saying "No" over and over, even giving it a "NO out of NO" rating. Even funnier when this was put on the album's Wikipedia page.
    • His review of The New CALassic by Cal Chuchesta.
    • His review of Angelic 2 The Core by Corey Feldman, in which he abandons his normal format to just do a straight up MSTing of the album, as he considered it to be too bizarre to warrant a normal review.
  • Crack Pairing: Anthony/MC Ride and Anthony/Cal Chuchesta.
  • Critical Research Failure: Seen by many as the reason why Anthony's review of House of Balloons is one of his worst. In the video, he claims that The Weeknd is a group (it's one person), says that Auto-Tune was used on the mixtape (it wasn't, for the most part), and glosses over the mixtape's concepts to such extents that many were infuriated.
  • Ear Worm: The TRKRVWZ theme song, especially the "THESE - RE - VIEWS - ARE - OH - PINION!!!!" guitar line.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Cal Chuchesta; he doesn't appear in many videos but fans of the series love him and request more Cal videos.
  • Fountain of Memes: Both Anthony and Cal. Kind of inevitable, really, when your primary demographic is /mu/.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Many of his scathing reviews for since-passed artists tend to be this, namely those for Linkin Park's One More Light (the band's frontman, Chester Bennington, committed suicide) and Lil Peep's Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1.
    • At the beginning of his Woman review, he says "I would say 'Althony Rightano' but I'm afraid of someone actually thinking I'm a member of the alt-right... here!" Later, FADER would publish an article accusing him of being a member of, or at least sympathetic toward, the alt-right, which would tarnish his reputation.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • In light of Fader's infamous article on him, Fantano's fanbase came to his immediate defense, something he took note of and thanked them repeatedly on Twitter, saying he loves them and he was so touched by their dedication to help him after something that almost ruined his career.
    • After Lil Peep's death, Fantano tweeted that even though he disliked his music (he gave his only studio album a NOT GOOD), Peep still deserved life and happiness like any other human, and at the end of the day that transcended any opinion Fantano could have about him.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: Often gets this (sometimes for albums he didn't even pan), but sometimes inverts it. For instance, he received a lot of flak for giving a moderately positive review of Skrillex's Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites EP.
    • He suffers this every time he criticizes a progressive rock/metal act, the most infamous being Steven Wilson, to the point where it comes off as a Bias Steamroller. Doesn't help Anthony is very snarky regarding how he feels progressive acts should sound like, especially with Wilson (and admitting he was never that fond of both Porcupine Tree and Wilson's solo work).
  • Ho Yay: This picture taken from Death Grips' performance at SXSW. Yes, that's Anthony in the front row. With his head almost buried in MC Ride's crotch. In pure bliss. Note that besides Classics Week, Death Grips' album The Money Store is the first 10/10 he ever gave.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • Basically the default reaction to Anthony giving an 8.8 rating.
      • The review of The Powers That B is seen as this for some people. This mainly came for the fact that many fans expected Anthony to give an album he had been intensely awaiting for (mainly Jenny Death) a perfect rating, but instead gave it a 9/10. This was mainly due to the fact Anthony had already given a perfect rating to Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly. It doesn't help Anthony showed annoyance in the comment section about viewer's overreacting responses to this.
      • Speaking of TPAB, when Kendrick's next album DAMN. dropped, many expected Anthony to give it another great rating. To say that people were unhappy when he gave the album a 7/10 is quite the understatement.
    • Everyone was showing annoyance and frustration when Anthony killed off Cal Chuchesta, although some think it's just Anthony doing it as a long Running Gag, knowing his fans love Cal.
    • After THATISTHEPLAN was terminated by Anthony due to his being fed up with the constant demonetization, fans were enraged at not Anthony, but YouTube itself.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: At one point, Anthony acknowledged that many people just watch his videos to see Cal.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "10/10" note 
    • "Hi everyone! [X]thony [X]tano Here, the internet's busiest music nerd."
    • All of Cal's lines.
    • TRAN-SITION!.
    • "Forever."
    • Anthony's relationship with Death Grips frontman MC Ride, which has been seen by many to be in the Ho Yay realm.
    • The Fantano squat, which has been 'shopped the world over.
    • "Anthony doesn't like Wilson/Prog music", a sort of running joke within some fans who feel Anthony doesn't like prog music, or just even Steven Wilson due to his 8.8 ratings on those albums.
    • "Why they put the dick in the pussy?"/"Did the man who invented college go to college?"
    • After Zomby called Anthony a melon, the word has pretty much become Fantano's main nickname.
    • Most, if not all of his comment sections are filled with variations of "Real niggas check the score then dip".
    • From his Resist videos:
      • MARX DEBUNKED [X] YEARS AGO!
      • RESIST [X] BABYYYY!!
    • His "NOT GOOD" reviews, mainly due to those who feel it's Bias Steamroller.
    • The flannels he uses to entail his opinions on albums; he wears a yellow flannel when reviewing a great album, and a red flannel when reviewing a bad album. According to Cal, he did, however, misuse the flannel in his review of DAMN., when he gave the album a "mere" 7/10.
    • Although Anthony has discouraged his fans from embracing a Reviews Are the Gospel attitude with his videos, he has somewhat jokingly noted the power he has over the opinions of his fans, with some fans in turn joking that they can't give an opinion on an album until Anthony has reviewed it.
    • Anthony can kill people with his reviews.
      • In the light of the news of Chester Bennington's suicide, many went back to Anthony's scathing review of the band's album One More Light and jokingly claimed that his review was a factor that led to Bennington's death, even going as far as to say that Anthony had blood on his hands.
      • Anthony made a NOT GOOD review of Lil Peep's Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1 EP when it came out, and after Lil Peep fatally overdosed several months later, some fans started joking that Anthony has a supernatural power to kill those who he gives negative reviews.
    • Following his video about the Fader article, many reviews have viewer comments making reference to nonexistent points in his videos where Fantano does something extremely negative; "This video was good, but you really didn't have to (insert Fantano insulting the artist or doing something racist)" being a common variation thereof.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • His giving My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy a 6/10 score, which many people love to mock Anthony for. The grounds on which he gave the score (the music itself is great, but it focuses too much on Kanye's personal life) have also been heavily ridiculed as illegitimate.note 
    • His heavy love of Death Grips, which in itself is a meme.
    • His review of Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. is shaping up to have this effect, considering he gave it a 7/10. Exacerbated when he later gave the exact same score to the debut record of Lil Pump, which led to many jokes about Lil Pump being equal to, if not better than, Kendrick as an artist.
    • His accused biased behavior towards progressive metal/shoegaze/post-rock albums.
      • This especially when it comes down to his endless snark towards Steven Wilson.
    • His giving both Lil Yachty's Lil Boat and Lil Boat 2 mixtapes and Lil Pump's self-titled mixtape a 7/10, which many saw as egregiously high.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Oddly enough, it's happened on this show. In the beginning of his review of Courtney Barnett's album "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit", we hear Cal Chuchesta's ghostly voice crying out "Help me Anthony! Help me! I'm on fire! I'm on fire!", all while seeing Anthony twitch and have what looks like to be a horrifying flashback before shaking his head and starting the review.
  • Reviews Are the Gospel: Strongly discourages this attitude, to his credit. Regardless of this, his reviews tend to be regarded this way, at least on /mu/.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Often in his "STINKPIECE" series, which is just Anthony deconstructing biased, ignorant, and hypocritical pieces of music journalism on the internet, often highlighting flaws of the mainstream music press in the process.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Anthony's review of A Crow Looked At Me by Mount Eerie is a more somber affair than usual. No opening joke, no Cal and no weird editing tricks are present, which given the intensely personal and heartbreaking nature of the album is probably one of Anthony's most mature videos to date, with the description simply stating: "This album is about death."
    • The shutting down of THATISTHEPLAN. Fans were surprisingly upset when Anthony vented his frustrations on Twitter in regards to shutting down the channel due to Youtube's constant demonitization of any video uploaded to the channel and decided to pull the plug. Most of his comedic/non-review retrospective stuff however goes to his fantano channel now.
    • Related to the above, the website Fader publishing a hatchet job of a hitpiece attempting to paint Anthony as a racist scumbag who uses thatistheplan to advocate for mass violence against black people. While his fanbase jumped to his defense and Anthony utterly destroyed the article in his response video, the damage was done in certain places, and Anthony lost several contacts and was unfairly painted in several communities as racist, which he decidedly isn't.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Any video from his second channel THATISTHEPLAN, to the point where you'd think it's Anthony's second persona considering how Cloud Cuckoo Lander he is in those videos.


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