Before Today

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  • Summary: Los Angeles-based Ariel Pink releases his first album on the 4AD label.
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. He’s no slouch in his endless catalogue of exhumed pop tropes, and here he treats radio pop’s past with the all-encompassing vagueness of its title.
  2. Before Today is the best collection of pure pop songs released this year, and the experimental odds and bits only add to its considerable charm.
  3. 82
    With Before Today, Pink achieves congruence in the album's construction, but does so without sacrificing his peculiar flair. [Spring/Summer 2010, p.104]
  4. Even better is “Round and Round,’’ with its jagged interludes and echoes of Arthur Russell. A metaphor for life as a merry-go-round, the song eventually comes into focus and ramps up into a wild roller-coaster ride. The same could be said of this exhilarating album.
  5. Before Today is another fun Ariel Pink pop/rock record, more solidly constructed than any of his past efforts. Even more importantly, it’s also more joyously musical than most full-lengths that have been coming out in recent years, aware not of self and scene but only of the fact that music is fun and feels good.
  6. Before Today, while easily his best album to date, still feels like it's just the tip of the iceberg for this staggeringly talented songwriter.
  7. No longer the challenging, lo-fi music of yore, what has arrived in its place doesn't have the individuality or character to sustain longer lasting interest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nov 3, 2010
    10
    In my opinion the best album of 2010, not that this was a good year in music anyways, but still a great album with every song being unique andIn my opinion the best album of 2010, not that this was a good year in music anyways, but still a great album with every song being unique and still related. Arial perfects the lo-fi formula with this album improving on his previous work and finally reaching his peak to this day. Expand
  2. Aug 10, 2015
    10
    In my humble opinion, the best record of the decade. The lo-fi mingled noises confuse the listener into a maelstrom of memories and nostalgia,In my humble opinion, the best record of the decade. The lo-fi mingled noises confuse the listener into a maelstrom of memories and nostalgia, a lysergic trip from the past directed into the future of the music. Superficial? Irresponsible? Already heard? Maybe, but whoever expects the greatest record of the decade to perform a real shift in society may listen more carefully to the message in the final track: revolution is a lie. Expand
  3. Sep 10, 2010
    9
    Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti might seem to be a throwback to the previous decades of music, but in fact this is one of the most modern albumsAriel Pink's Haunted Graffiti might seem to be a throwback to the previous decades of music, but in fact this is one of the most modern albums to come out this year. Expand
  4. Jul 9, 2011
    9
    One of the best album of 2010 in my opinion and one of my favourite lo-fi albums of all time. It sounds a lot like music from the eighties,One of the best album of 2010 in my opinion and one of my favourite lo-fi albums of all time. It sounds a lot like music from the eighties, but there isn't a band from the era that sounds like them. Expand
  5. Jun 10, 2012
    9
    What a outrageous album! It's elegant, cool, psychedelic and at the same time, different, from anything I've ever seen (even if the albumWhat a outrageous album! It's elegant, cool, psychedelic and at the same time, different, from anything I've ever seen (even if the album contains influences from the '80s and '90s. Love it, and you must love it too. Expand
  6. Nov 4, 2011
    7
    What a diverse album this is. Imagine a hybrid band of Joy Division and the Pixies with a synth player playing at a Halloween Disco party. Itâ
  7. Nov 22, 2010
    6
    It feels as if every alternative band nowadays tries to go 80's on us, and it isn't working. The album would be better off without any vocals,It feels as if every alternative band nowadays tries to go 80's on us, and it isn't working. The album would be better off without any vocals, and the rhythms are the only thing that keeps this somewhat intelligent album afloat. But hey, it works a little bit. Expand

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