Dedicated to Bobby Jameson

Ariel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2017 Ratings: #251 / 721
User Score
Based on 262 ratings
2017 Ratings: #182
September 15, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mexican Summer / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The 405

Dedicated to Bobby Jameson is not just another Ariel Pink album. He has come forth with an album which demonstrates every strength that he has as an artist and a showman.

83
A.V. Club

Dedicated To Bobby Jameson is the most comfortable Pink’s ever sounded with his own success, turning legitimacy into a noble weapon: ambition.

82
Pitchfork

Refining the gonzo pop-collages of his previous work, Ariel Pink crafts an immersive, intimate record marked by solitude.

80
Slant Magazine

Whether consciously inspired by Jameson or not, Pink fully embraces his ever-bourgeoning cult status throughout, and with a sense of wild-eyed invention that was sorely absent from the more conventional pom pom.

80
Loud and Quiet
While there are moments where the avant-garde house of cards collapses ... overall Ariel handles things with a deft hand.
80
Exclaim!

Despite his claims of musical malaise, Pink continues to display excellence in his eccentricities on Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, one of his most dynamic records to date.

80
The Needle Drop

The retrospective Dedicated to Bobby Jameson finds Ariel Pink going back to his old musical stomping grounds and crafting some of his best songs yet.

80
AllMusic

Dedicated to Bobby Jameson is a weird, catchy, thought-provoking celebration of individuality that offers one Pink's most appealing balances of sugary accessibility and irreverent indulgence.

80
The Observer

His songs, like his interviews, often teeter on the unlistenable edge of annoying, but push past the weaponised irony and you’ll find Another Weekend and Feels Like Heaven are his most seductive melodies since breakthrough album Before Today.

75
Pretty Much Amazing
Pink’s essentially in pop mode here, but what keeps the music fresh is its strangeness, as well as an appealing thorniness that made me aware of an underlying thread in Pink’s work I’ve always ignored—paranoia.
73
GIGsoup

'Dedicated To Bobby Jameson' finds Ariel Pink in typically unabashed and frivolously experimental form; it's a record that suffers from too many under-explored threads of ideas but there's still much of worth to find here.

70
God Is in the TV

Dedicated To Bobby Jameson is sometimes quite brilliant, often nearly brilliant, and occasionally utterly baffling.

70
Northern Transmissions

Bobby Jameson is far from a bad record, but it’s one that could have been better, unwilling to commit to an idea for more than three minutes at a time — the work of an artist who cares more about doing something new than doing it well.

70
Drowned in Sound
Casual listeners and new visitors to the Ariel universe may find this all a little too incoherent and muddled to fully embrace at first, but the riches are right there under the surface. For the already acquainted, just kick back and enjoy. We’ve waited three years for this.
70
Clash
Though it’s hard to imagine what a more mature Ariel Pink may sound like, 'Dedicated to Bobby Jameson' offers an enticing preview, delicately ebbing and flowing between irreverent pastiche and tender melancholy, and in the end striking a balance that makes it one of Pink's more accessible and immediately gratifying records in recent memory.
60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Dedicated to Bobby Jameson is littered with unconvincing love songs (“Just Like Heaven”) and neutered cheerleading anthems (“Time To Live”), evoking a sense of going through the motions made all the more dreary by how bright the music seems to want to be but how utterly gray it actually is.

60
The Guardian

There are some excellent – even tender – moments here but, as per, only true fans will be able to overlook Pink’s exasperating lack of focus.

lemuriams
88
Highlights - Feels Like Heaven, Kitchen Witch, Another Weekend, Acting.

This album is one huge HIGHLIGHT in this year. This guy never dissapoint since 2010.
siberianbreaks
68
It can always be considered a fine-ass year for pop music when Ariel Pink season makes its way to town. And for the latest addition to the hypnagogic wizard's confusingly large catalog, we're treated to the expected tamer follow-up to the career-defining Pom Pom as well as a decent attempt at an overall amalgamation of styles built up since the very beginning.

Dedicated to Bobby Jameson's collection of cuts continues to follow the pattern left by previous records meaning their continuous ... read more
FearFlour
80
It's not a masterpiece like Pom Pom, but it's more Ariel!
Kamikaze
85
One of the best releases of the year
ReviewMilk
73
Fun album but still pretty disappointing
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Track List

  1. Time To Meet Your God
  2. Feels Like Heaven
  3. Death Patrol
  4. Santa's In the Closet
  5. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
  6. Time To Live
  7. Another Weekend
  8. I Wanna Be Young
  9. Bubblegum Dreams
  10. Dreamdate Narcissist
  11. Kitchen Witch
  12. Do Yourself a Favor
  13. Acting (feat. Dam-Funk)
  14. Revenge of the Iceman
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