YMMV / The Needle Drop

  • Ass Pull: Intentional to sheer hilarious levels with how the "CAL IS SAVED" episode came out.
  • 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 (ex: Corey Feldman's album) or it's just an excuse for him to bash acts he isn't fond of (as seen from the reception regarding his review of blink-182's California and Meshuggah's The Violent Sleep of Reason).
  • Bias Steamroller: Mostly averted, but it does come up every now and then, typically either when he reviews an artist he never liked to begin with or when he feels a record lacks what he personally enjoys in a certain genre. His review of Steven Wilson's otherwise-acclaimed The Raven That Refused To Sing was a particularly notorious example of both, especially the former with his pre-existing dislike of Wilson and his approach to Progressive Rock being very apparent throughout the review.
    • He can also get quite heated about an album if it has a message he strongly disagrees with or finds outright offensive. His review of Childish Gambino's Camp being a good example, which was extremely negative - for all the valid criticisms - to the point where it almost seems Out of Character. He's never been that heated about an album before at that point, even giving Chief Keef's album and the aforementioned Steven Wilson album higher scores.
    • Split also with Steven Wilson's third solo album Hand. Cannot. Erase., which got a better score (around 6/10, but still), but somewhere split over Anthony's thoughts on it, which were basically either praising Wilson or just criticizing him like before.
    • Seems to sadly hit this with his YUNOREVIEW for May 2015, particularly when it came to Ghost Bath's Moonlover, which is considered by some to be a second Sunbather. Anthony simply dismissed it in Sarcasm Mode as a watered-down version of said album. This did not please fans, who had been asking Anthony to review the album for months.
    • He's shown a fair amount of disinterest in most Lighter and Softer rock and metalnote , as seen in his reviews of many modern Shoegazing or Pop Punk albums.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Like many other scathing reviews of Linkin Park's One More Light, his review is this in light of Chester Bennington's death.
  • 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 an 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 overdramatic 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 rating 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.
  • 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 iconic yellow flannel, which lets you know that whatever album Anthony's reviewing is fantastic. According to Cal, he did, however, misuse the flannel in his review of DAMN., when he gave the album a mere 7/10.
  • Never Live It Down:
  • 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.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: After about three years of mediocre and disappointing releases, he regained interest in OFWGKTA with the release of Wolf and Earl's 2013 output.
    • Though he's still not anything close to a fan, he likes Childish Gambino's more recent work muuuuuuch more than Camp. It became a lot better when he happily praised Gambino's later album Awaken, My Love!.
  • 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/.
  • 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."
  • 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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