Album Review: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, "Mature Themes"

Ariel Pink is the king of indie weirdos. For the better part of a decade, he recorded strange lo-fi pop records in his bedroom, then spent his tours getting booed off stage for not being able to play keyboards and bass simultaneously.

Somewhere along the line, he got enough scratch together to form a backing band and released the superlative Before Today, which brought his bizarre chord progressions and goofy lyrics to the world of legitimate indie rock. Mature Themes is, strangely enough, something of a throwback record, in which Ariel rants about "shemales hopped up on meth" and his love of Wienerschnitzel hot dogs. While lacking any kick-in-the-ass tracks like Round and Round, Mature Themes is a catchy and endearing follow-up.

Matt Forney
28th December, 2012
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