With such impressive versatility and broad musical perspective, Mature Themes is Pink’s best album to date, and sets an invigorating, expansive tone for his work to come.
Mature Themes is more detailed, more developed, more everything than its predecessor.
In using a giddy spectrum of classic ingredients to carve out his distinctive niche, Ariel Pink has become the acceptable face of retro.
Ariel Pink lays on the humor thick enough that his sheer songwriting ability is at times almost overshadowed.
Mature Themes is another satisfying step in Ariel Pink’s evolution—an album as melodically, hypnotically addictive and surprisingly danceable as it is arcane.
It’s perhaps not as instantly enjoyable as Before Today, but it’s likely to please fans, even if it doesn’t prove to be as popular as its predecessor.
Despite the fact that Mature Themes pushes into some very abstract pop territory, it is a very compelling listen.
Mature Themes lives up to what’s promised on the tin, but only relatively so.
It’s a hardcore record from a top-shelf kind of a guy, but the work of a unique mind.
Mature Themes is definitely bonkers, and it’s also the quintessential tapestry of hi-fi genius.
The overall feeling of Mature Themes is of a band and songwriter that don’t really care. So why should we?
It's hard to know whether Ariel Pink was actively out to mock the listener with this album or whether he actually believes he has recorded a challenging work of art.
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