13 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the '00s, Ariel Pink home-recorded a number of murky and intriguing cassettes. Cobbling together several influences but transcending the hollowness of pure retro imitation, Pink created wonderfully eccentric pop. With the 2010 release of his 4AD debut, Before Today, his distinct songwriting and arranging skills were professionally produced for the first time, and the results were impressive. (His band, Haunted Graffiti, is perfectly tuned into Pink’s aesthetic.) 2012’s Mature Themes is a fine follow-up. The Beverly Hills native has always had a zany side, and it's in evidence here. (Some passages evoke Frank Zappa, another musician with a wiseass sense of humor and a taste for pastiche.) The album opens strongly with “Kinski Assassin,” which features a delightful sense of wordplay and a hook that stays with you. A number of other songs are good, and Mature Themes closes strongly with a cover of Donnie & Joe Emerson’s “Baby.” The original could almost be a '60s low-rider ballad, but it actually was recorded in the late '70s in the Pacific Northwest. Pink’s version nicely echoes the dreaminess of the Emersons’ smooth jam.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the '00s, Ariel Pink home-recorded a number of murky and intriguing cassettes. Cobbling together several influences but transcending the hollowness of pure retro imitation, Pink created wonderfully eccentric pop. With the 2010 release of his 4AD debut, Before Today, his distinct songwriting and arranging skills were professionally produced for the first time, and the results were impressive. (His band, Haunted Graffiti, is perfectly tuned into Pink’s aesthetic.) 2012’s Mature Themes is a fine follow-up. The Beverly Hills native has always had a zany side, and it's in evidence here. (Some passages evoke Frank Zappa, another musician with a wiseass sense of humor and a taste for pastiche.) The album opens strongly with “Kinski Assassin,” which features a delightful sense of wordplay and a hook that stays with you. A number of other songs are good, and Mature Themes closes strongly with a cover of Donnie & Joe Emerson’s “Baby.” The original could almost be a '60s low-rider ballad, but it actually was recorded in the late '70s in the Pacific Northwest. Pink’s version nicely echoes the dreaminess of the Emersons’ smooth jam.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

Sukey Tawdry ,

Great Record!

Take Ariel Pink, blend it with Glass Candy, and you have 10,000 immitators on their laptops making "chill wave". P.S. this album is great!

ethankingcole ,

because we're still hung up

Very nice stuff. The sound and attitude of the Mothers of Invention, and yet it all comes off just right and new. Like while we were sleeping society turned again as dull and predictable as the one Zappa satirized. Thanks guys for keeping it weird.

John M.W. ,

Pure Sanity!

I believe the 'Pure Psychosis' of this album (and I DO Mean Album … Not just a collection of songs) is rooted in "PURE SANITY!"
It's a Beautiful Thing by a Beautiful Mind (One/Universal).
Get Sane!

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