Mature Themes - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
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  • Summary: The second album for the Los Angeles band features a guest appearance from Dam-Funk.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. Mature my patootie--and that's a good thing.
  2. Aug 31, 2012
    85
    Mature Themes is as vital as anything he's ever recorded.
  3. Aug 31, 2012
    80
    Even if at times the album can be quite esoteric despite its pop veneer, there is a purity of expression that is addictive.
  4. 70
    It's a hardcore record from a top-shelf kind of a guy, but the work of a unique mind.
  5. Aug 31, 2012
    70
    If there's any cohesion here, it's the realization that it all emerges from the brain of one man who runs his vision through various filters.
  6. Aug 31, 2012
    60
    The smooth edges of Mature Themes doesn't mean this music is any easier to grasp. [Sep 2012, p.86]
  7. Aug 31, 2012
    20
    Mature Themes is simple self-indulgence and that's rarely worth listening to.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 4, 2012
    9
    On his first outing since 2010 breakthrough Before Today and first album of all new material in years, LA's Ariel Pink has proven himself a compelling songwriter currently carrying the outsider music torch once held by Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits. While not necessarily a breathtaking knockout like Before Today, Mature Themes is a fantastic work of art void of any dull moments. Even weaker tracks (not many here) are worth listening to based on interesting and at times bizarre songwriting and composition. High points include bookend tracks Kinski Assassin and Baby, single Only In My Dreams, the odd yet hard to forget Schnitzel Boogie, and the soft rock meets Elvis Costello pop gem title track. Expand