Before Today

  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Jun 8, 2010
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 72
  2. Negative: 5 out of 72

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  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 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.
  2. 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, but there isn't a band from the era that sounds like them.
  3. 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 album contains influences from the '80s and '90s. Love it, and you must love it too.
  4. 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 albums to come out this year.
  5. 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
  6. 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, 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 messageIn 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

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Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. While he may be fundamentally un-reconstructed, Pink’s clearly a more polished revisionist, more polished than he’s ever been, and while it may not be conventionally recorded, Before Today still feels punchily archetypal.
  2. This isn’t a few Eighties synth presets stuck through a distortion pedal--it’s music that resonates far beyond a simple aping of well established precedents, often managing to be funny, sad and thought provoking in the space of a single track.
  3. 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.