Ariel Pink's Haunted Pop Affair
Ariel Pink - 2014
Ariel Pink is on a roll. His last two albums are arguably his two best, and he's more prominent in mainstream media (though not positively, but hey, even bad press is press) than ever. Despite all of this, Pom Pom would be a turning point in his career. If it flopped, he'd be ridiculed, mocked on his ability to talk a big game and not back it up. There was a definite possibility that Pom Pom could be his last album on 4AD, and any major label. Thankfully for him, Pom Pom is his best album to date. It's a perfect fusion of his lo-fi past and squeaky-clean present, a record that's as funny as it is touching. There is no weak link in the tracklist, even as Pink flip-flops between hair metal ("Goth Bomb", the first half of "Sexual Athletics"), sunshine pop ("Plastic Raincoats In The Pig Parade") and pop rock ballads ("Picture Me Gone", "Dayzed Inn Daydreams"). Ariel Pink has long been a weirdo, and an asshole. But he also strikes as the type of person that, should you carve a friendship out with him, would stick with you and support you until the very end. That soft side shows through on Pom Pom, a tribute album to all the misunderstood douchebags, assholes, scumbags, and jerkoffs that've wanted nothing more then a girlfriend all of their lives.
Listen to: Black Ballerina
GENRES: PSYCH-POP, HYPNAGOGIC POP, POST-PUNK, COMEDY ROCK, EXPERIMENTAL POP
Michael Di Gennaro ranks this as the
#3 favorite album of 2014