Super annoying but rather essential weirdo pop man Ariel Pink continues to change the name of his own game with "Another Weekend", a dabbling in a downbeat version of sunshine pop that retains some of the obnoxious advert antics of Pom Pom. "Another Weekend" starts as an acoustic ballad, breaks down into a slow transition a la the Beatles in their costumed area, before bringing in squelching synths. Typical of Ariel, it compacts lots of pop and prog into one nonsense track of never-ending hooks. Backed by the hilariously titled "Ode to the Goat (Thank You)" and a taster of the album to come.
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How can a man be so annoying yet so occasionally essential? Who else could get away with it? Phil for example can be incredibly annoying but lacks the mercurial talents of Mr Pink. If only his voice had one iota of the melodicism shown here.
'Another Weekend' is Ariel Pink's career in a microcosm. A beautiful opening swathe of balladry that if he just stuck to it would be as beautiful as his version of Donnie and Jo Emerson's 'Baby'. But no. He can't stick to it can he? He veers off into a psychedelic opus and incredibly annoying bloopy bit. Despite that it's still good. Overleaf something that sounds like it came off his 'Pom Pom' album and so therefore sounds like a goofball after too many e-numbers.
It makes me want to wring his neck but i'll still listen to his forthcoming 'Dedicated to Bobby Jameson' LP as there are sure to be as many good bits as bad bits.
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