Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2012 Ratings: #480 / 956
User Score
Based on 159 ratings
2012 Ratings: #94
August 21, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

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.

85
Pitchfork

Mature Themes is as vital as anything he's ever recorded

80
Drowned in Sound

Mature Themes is more detailed, more developed, more everything than its predecessor. 

80
No Ripcord

In using a giddy spectrum of classic ingredients to carve out his distinctive niche, Ariel Pink has become the acceptable face of retro.

80
Under The Radar

Ariel Pink lays on the humor thick enough that his sheer songwriting ability is at times almost overshadowed. 

72
Paste

Mature Themes is another satisfying step in Ariel Pink’s evolution—an album as melodically, hypnotically addictive and surprisingly danceable as it is arcane.

71
Beats Per Minute

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.

70
PopMatters

Despite the fact that Mature Themes pushes into some very abstract pop territory, it is a very compelling listen. 

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Mature Themes lives up to what’s promised on the tin, but only relatively so. 

70
NME

It’s a hardcore record from a top-shelf kind of a guy, but the work of a unique mind. 

70
Consequence of Sound

Mature Themes is definitely bonkers, and it’s also the quintessential tapestry of hi-fi genius.

40
FACT Magazine

The overall feeling of Mature Themes is of a band and songwriter that don’t really care. So why should we?

20
musicOMH

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.

amygoodall
55
frustrating
Tom Simmons
81
Fav Track: Only In My Dreams, Mature Themes, Kinski Assassin, Early Birds of Babylon, Is This The Best Spot?, Live It Up
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Track List

  1. Kinski Assasin 
  2. Is This the Best Spot? 
  3. Mature Themes 
  4. Only in My Dreams 
  5. Driftwood 
  6. Early Birds of Babylon 
  7. Schnitzel Boogie 
  8. Symphony of the Nymph 
  9. Pink Slime 
  10. Farewell American Primitive 
  11. Live It Up 
  12. Nostradomus & Me 
  13. Baby
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Added on: June 7, 2012