Ariel Pink’s eleventh full length album and his debut on Mexican Summer. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson is a woozy psychedelic pop journey through the tragic ups and downs reflected in Bobby Jameson’s life story, and his continuous struggle for success in the music industry (having recorded with Frank Zappa, and The Rolling Stones). Decayed and slowed tape warbles shine throughout and a fair degree of pop genius it has to be said.
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7/10 Benn Staff review, 12 September 2017
There is something that I’ve decided to include in my reviews called ‘the marmite record of the month’. So far, it is proving to be a difficult task because in the past week alone we’ve had numerous records that half of us love and the other half absolutely hate. Take the National's new record as an example. Three of us really like the unnervingly low deep voice of Matt Berninger whilst the rest think the band is boring and actively avoid them. The eleventh instalment from Ariel Pink is another such record that has divided the office.
The majority of songs are catchy and melodic, whilst also being a little bit daft and fun. It is this funky and poppy vibe that allows the majority of us to enjoy the record, but for the exact same reasons it allows one person in particular to hate it. Not only are the songs fun and catchy, but they are all completely different - they fully open up the door into Rosenberg’s mind. A mind that is no doubt a little bit more unique than the average person.
Track number five is presumably that song that he has formally dedicated to Bobby Jameson. But when you give it a listen, it makes no logical sense as to why he has dedicated it to Bobby. Well, either that or that fact you can’t actually understand a word that Ariel Pink is saying. The song takes you back to what people who weren’t around in the 60’s think music in the 60’s was probably like - the summer of love and all that.
Granted, as the record goes on you get a little bit bored and frustrated because as daft and as stupid as the record is, it does get a little too much. Alas, Ariel has thought of that and included a much more mellow track pretty much in the middle called ‘Another Weekend’. This record really can leave you a little lost for words the more you listen to it. There was a point where we were playing this everyday at work to try and understand whether we loved it or hated it (remember: marmite record of the month material).
Honestly, the whole album doesn’t get any less fun (or annoying) the more you listen to it. There is a song entirely written about bubblegum. Why? Unless I’m having a really dumb moment and I’m not quite seeing through the lines, I honestly can’t answer that question. Is it about drugs? Love? Summer? Or is it actually about bubblegum? Ah, is bubblegum slang for acid or something in the world of Ariel Pink? A quick google search shows that it could be either LSD-laced bubblegum (which is actually kind of endearing), or a ‘legal high similar to cannabis that left one kid bleeding from the eyes’. Hmm.
Overall, the record is good. I’d find it hard to rate it any higher or lower. Personally, I like the record, I think it breaks up a dull and increasingly depressing world of music. But, I understand why a fair few people out there wouldn’t really like it at all. I would however, like to award it my marmite record of the month.
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