Before Today - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
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  • Summary: Los Angeles-based Ariel Pink releases his first album on the 4AD label.
Score distribution:
  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. It's strange second-hand pop, deconstructed and represented as something entirely new, augmented by a range of melodies and affectations. Good for him and good for the world for the opportunity to be exposed to his music-pop music in its purest form, pop informed by pop.
  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. Even with some of the smoke and mirrors removed, Ariel Pink is still a singular talent.
  6. At times you kind of wish he’d settle down and just write a proper pop song, but the intoxicating mess of textures and ideas is too addictive and fascinating to complain about.
  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 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 3, 2010
    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 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. Sep 10, 2010
    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 albums to come out this year. Expand
  3. Jul 9, 2011
    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
  4. Jun 10, 2012
    What 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
  5. Nov 4, 2011
    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
  6. Nov 22, 2010
    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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