pom pom

Ariel Pink - pom pom
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2014 Ratings: #395 / 964
Year End Rank: #40
User Score
Based on 637 ratings
2014 Ratings: #26
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For all the arch humor and affectation, Pink writes some of most wistful and peculiarly moving songs in contemporary music. 

A.V. Club

The album craters deeply into Pink’s psyche, but paradoxically, as on all of his records, it feels as though it’s just scratching the surface of an artist with a bottomless well of ideas.

The Skinny

It’s this sense of the uncanny that elevates Ariel Pink into a different league and pom pom is teeming with the eerie echoes of musical ghosts past and future. Crucially, the album is also jubilant, exuberant and a hell of a lot of fun.

Drowned in Sound

Like all Pink's best work, it is haunting, hilarious and addictive altogether, sometimes in the space of the same song. 


Pink is a songwriter with few modern comparisons, his bewildering collages valuing perversity over authenticity, mixing tearful sincerity with deadpan absurdity.

No Ripcord

He deconstructs pop conventions within the first five seconds in pom pom with a devilish grin, setting the tone for an uncompromising mélange of hissed art rock that ups the ante even further than the disarmingly twisted Mature Themes.


On pom pom ... he's finally able to fully marry the two divergent sides of his personality: his effortless knack for reeling off torrents of sincere bubblegum beauty and his irreverent sense of humor.


 It is a masterstroke of sorts, and Pink has really achieved a pinnacle. 

Under The Radar
Pink's earworm synth odysseys never turn a blind eye toward the commercialism, condescension, and yes, sexism of the preceding decades' radio fodder.
Pretty Much Amazing

Is it surprising that a 67-minute Ariel Pink album is a bit, err, frustrating? No. Yet as murky and goofy as Before Today was, it took its time to build overall atmosphere, instead of little fragmented half-atmospheres that you have to cherry-pick from songs unworthy of them.

Consequence of Sound

Pink’s album is, arguably, as bracing a product of the 21st century as anything to come out all year, and that’s because, like “Too Many Cooks”, it channels the past via our messy, fast-moving, content-devouring brains of the present.


The first half or so of pom pom proves Ariel Pink is still a pretty formidable songwriter. 


Though the way Pink zigs and zags on Pom Pom can be dazzling or confusing depending on listeners' patience, in its own way it's one of the best representations of what makes his music fascinating and occasionally frustrating.

Rolling Stone
Pink's music manages to be at once glossy and murky, absurd and natural – pinging with ADD inventiveness from demented glam rock to lone-wolf disco to cartoon punk to zonked-out Sixties psych pop.

Sure, this is the wrong album to expect any traditional form of focus from ... but Pink’s continual sleight-of-hand can make him seem less like a unique musical act himself and more like a gifted mimic cycling through colourful dress-ups.


pom pom is probably the most accessible, easy-on-the-ear and enjoyable music of his career, without any asterisks.

The Line of Best Fit
Pink continues down his path of willful eccentricity on pom pom, then, with little more to add to his reputation.
Tiny Mix Tapes

Where Ariel once undermined genre through aesthetics, here he uses genre to undermine himself and his own authority over the idea of a coherent self.

Under The Radar

In the end, at 15 tracks, pom pom is a bit of a funhouse slog; too malevolent and toxic to really get close to.


It’s a shame that an artist as established and forward-thinking as Pink would simply stop giving a shit, but it’s happened on ‘pom pom’ and it may well continue happening from here on out. 

Seeing that old 96 review I gave this was super nostalgic for some reason. Really brings me back to playing the absolute shit out of this for like a year straight when it leaked like a month before its release date. And still to this day, the record holds up quite excellently for me and is, in a way, everything that I have always wanted Ariel Pink to release - something that sees Ariel fully go into his wild absurdities by completely pushing wondrous pop hooks into completely unconventional ... read more
Woooooow I couldn't get into this... I tried you guys
It's a weird record. Some tracks I love and would even call flawless. Others, I just didn't like, care for, or were annoyed by. Luckily, Ariel Pink managed to have a balance of amazing pop songs and wacked out songwriting. It's a record that explores most sounds and genres of the 60s, 70s and 80s and instead of being cheesy, it's clever, infectious, and really lovable.

Favorite tracks: Plastic Raincoats In the Pig Parade, White Freckles, Four Shadows, Lipstick, Not Enough Violence, Put Your ... read more
I've always been a big fan of albums that have many different genres and sounds to them, it's something that is really hard to pull off but when it's well-made, it absolutely is an incredible experience. I wanted to listen to this album because I knew it was like that and I knew people really enjoyed it... but I didn't like it.

I love the "variety" this album has, there are so many genres in here, but the issue is that the songs just don't match-up in any way. They just feel so ... read more
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Track List

  1. Plastic Raincoats in the Pig Parade
  2. White Freckles
  3. Four Shadows
  4. Not Enough Violence
  5. Put Your Number in My Phone
  6. One Summer Night
  7. Nude Beach A G-Go
  8. Dinosaur Carebears
  9. Lipstick
  10. Goth Bomb
  11. Negativ Ed
  12. Sexual Athletics
  13. Jell-o
  14. Black Ballerina
  15. Picture Me Gone
  16. Exile On Frog Street
  17. Dayzed Inn Daydreams
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Added on: September 8, 2014