|RECORD REVIEW: ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI - MATURE THEMES|
|Friday, 14 September 2012 02:29|
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The polarisation that characterises the reviews of Mature Themes, the new album by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, is not surprising. Pink is an artist people seem to either love and get, love and don't need to get, or just don't get and dismiss with often quite nasty distain from their narrow corner of the world. More on the latter later. Thankfully, this reviewer sits with a foot in each of the former and as with Before Today, which this website rated the best album of 2010, the indie AM pop troubador has once again assembled an uber-talented array of music afficionados around him to produce an album that will both delight and confound.
But in the end it is what's contained in the party ode 'Live It Up' that gives a clue as to what Pink actually wants, "gotta find my destination...meet you down at the bright spot, 24 on the dot you know, baby tell me is this the right spot or not, let's go yeah, gonna live it up all night long".
He has never been "a man without a scene", because there is no scene, nor has he ever cared for supposed scenes created by the artificial side of the commercial music industry. But make no mistake, he has always been 'a full tilt radical' and those who suggest that he has "nothing to rebel against" are again living a sub-conscious nightmare world where an intensely unheathy respect for a hideous, monolithic mainstream culture seems to be their lot in life. Mature Themes suggests that Pink may be still trying to work it all out but all the while he does, people on board with what he's doing are in for one unpredictable and thrilling ride.
James Stocker - September 14, 2012
Only In My Dreams
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Mature Themes', 4AD
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