Mature Themes

  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Aug 21, 2012
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
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  1. Mojo
    Aug 31, 2012
    60
    The smooth edges of Mature Themes doesn't mean this music is any easier to grasp. [Sep 2012, p.86]
  2. Q Magazine
    Aug 31, 2012
    60
    The mainstream looks a long way off again from here. [Sep 2012, p.97]
  3. Aug 31, 2012
    60
    Pink's weirdness is a major part of his appeal. It just requires a lot of patience.
  4. Aug 31, 2012
    60
    Ultimately it just makes for frustrating listening.
  5. Aug 31, 2012
    60
    What you get, then, is an album that may have a sonic breadth, but really only two sides: one of sweet pop tunes, and one of strange goof-offs.
  6. Aug 31, 2012
    50
    Not good, bad or disappointing, but frustrating.
  7. Aug 31, 2012
    40
    Ultimately, the overall feeling of Mature Themes is of a band and songwriter that don't really care. So why should we?
  8. 40
    The results are simply irritating, in so many ways.
  9. Aug 31, 2012
    40
    It's another tiring exercise from an artist who may never tire of releasing such proudly hideous messes.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User 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 aOn 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. Full Review »