It's tough to review an Ariel Pink LP. Chances are you arrive at this with previous introduction to his universe so I'll keep it fairly brief. There are often more ideas in one track than in the entire output of say, for argument's sake, Oasis. It takes a while to digest, unravel and let the songs really get under your skin. However, on the first couple of spins `Mature Themes' is a thrilling listen, filled with the usual fragmented streams of psycho-babble and awesome pop chops. Whereas on the one hand you have the stoner in-japery of `Schnitzel Boogie' and `Is This The Best Spot?' you also have `Only In My Dreams' which, in a parallel universe, spent longer at number one in the charts than Bryan Adams' `Everything I do' and the title track which sounds like Elvis Costello cribbing from a Wesleyan hymn book.
For me, the real killer material comes on Side 2 - from the pervy narcissistic ruminations of `Symphony of The Nymph' through to the glorious vintage synth clouds of `Nostradamus and Me' it's a superb suite which harks back to the more accessible, dreamy numbers on `Worn Copy' and `Lover Boy'. Despite Ariel's protestations, it's a wonderful bridge between his older material and the (comparatively) smoother `Before Today' sound.
So again I give Mr Pink my arbitrary 5 stars - I love his kaleidoscopic world and there's really nothing else quite like it when you're in the mood.