Mature Themes

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
To anyone familiar with his music, it's obvious that Ariel Pink is weird, but it bears repeating: Ariel Pink is really weird. It's also not a surprise that he's a self-professed "nympho" either, but he sheds more light on that throughout Mature Themes, which is both his most accomplished album and some of his most twistedly immature music. As on Before Today, the album's sound is just a shade clearer than what came before it, and his backing band Haunted Graffiti's tight musicianship provides the perfect foil for Pink's stream-of-consciousness sprawl. But while Mature Themes' conceptual glue makes it more cohesive than all of his previous work put together, glorious ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
To anyone familiar with his music, it's obvious that Ariel Pink is weird, but it bears repeating: Ariel Pink is really weird. It's also not a surprise that he's a self-professed "nympho" either, but he sheds more light on that throughout Mature Themes, which is both his most accomplished album and some of his most twistedly immature music. As on Before Today, the album's sound is just a shade clearer than what came before it, and his backing band Haunted Graffiti's tight musicianship provides the perfect foil for Pink's stream-of-consciousness sprawl. But while Mature Themes' conceptual glue makes it more cohesive than all of his previous work put together, glorious randomness abounds: not many artists would interrupt a song to order food at a drive-thru, as Pink does on the rhapsodic "Schnitzel Boogie," or write a song about being bros with a legendary seer, as he does on "Nostradamus and Me," one of his more ecstatically drifting pieces of chillwave. As always, Pink's lyrics are densely knotted with wordplay and innuendo; his fondness for sound effects approaches Spike Jones levels, and his fondness for dropping violent imagery into his songs makes them all the more jarring and surreal, as on "Is This the Best Spot," where G-spots and H-bombs go hand in hand. Yet all of this weirdness feels like it has more of a point on Mature Themes than it has on his previous albums: sex and love can be strange and complicated. "Pink Slime" takes on a whole new meaning in Pink's hands, and amidst its silliness, "Symphony of the Nymph" tackles gender roles and sexual stereotypes; despite the song's bragging, when Pink sings "I'm just a rock n' rolla from Beverly Hills!," there's more than a hint of strain in his voice. And even if a lot of the album's sexual imagery seems adolescent, Pink turns it on its head with the album's soft rock title track, which addresses the teenage ideal of a girl and boy in love along with his wish to be taller. He goes deeper into that fantasy with the jingle-jangle single "Only in My Dreams," which is is sweetly creepy and full of bubblegum yearning like a vintage AM radio hit, and with the fantastic album closer "Baby," a cover of Donnie & Joe Emerson's 1979 song and 21st century mixtape favorite that features Dam-Funk helping Pink complete the smooth loverman persona. It's one of the few times where Mature Themes is actually sexy as well as sexual, and the way Pink disappears into the song may be his biggest mind-f*ck yet. Even his surprises end up being perfectly Ariel Pink things to do in retrospect, and with this album, he's mastered being more superficially accessible yet ultimately more cryptic. Mature Themes just reveals more levels with more listening; as Pink himself sings on the psych oddity "Early Birds of Babylon," "hey, how does he do that?"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2012
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • UPC: 652637323023
  • Catalog Number: 73230
  • Sales rank: 50,131

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kinski Assassin (2:59)
  2. 2 Is This the Best Spot? (1:47)
  3. 3 Mature Themes (2:46)
  4. 4 Only In My Dreams (3:11)
  5. 5 Driftwood (4:21)
  6. 6 Early Birds of Babylon (5:15)
  7. 7 Schnitzel Boogie (4:35)
  8. 8 Symphony of the Nymph (4:35)
  9. 9 Pink Slime (2:10)
  10. 10 Farewell American Primitive (2:54)
  11. 11 Live It Up (4:03)
  12. 12 Nostradamus & Me (7:24)
  13. 13 Baby - Dâm-Funk (4:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Primary Artist
Richard Ross MIDI Sax
Tim Koh Bass, Drums, Horn, Background Vocals
Dâm-Funk Vocals
Kenny Gilmore Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Shaker
Ariel Rosenberg Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Mouth Drums
Cole M. Grief-Neil Drums
Simon Halliday Voices
Natalie Mering Vocals
Technical Credits
David Ives Mastering
Tim Koh Producer, Collage
Rosenberg Arranger
Ariel Pink Arranger, Composer
Kenny Gilmore Producer, Engineer, Collage
Ariel Rosenberg Producer, Collage
Cole M. Grief-Neil Engineer, Additional Production
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