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Dedicated To Bobby Jameson

Ariel Pink

Dedicated To Bobby Jameson

Eleventh studio album of alt.pop from LA-based Ariel Marcus Rosenberg

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  1. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    If modern music is now endlessly predictable, it’s comforting to know that out there on the fringes there is still Ariel Pink – the perfect cult hero waiting to be discovered
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  2. 8.5 |   The 405

    Each track from Dedicated to Bobby Jameson grows on you like a bacteria. A listen here, a listen there, and sooner than later you notice these songs swallowing your concentration whole
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  3. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    The most comfortable Pink’s ever sounded with his own success, turning legitimacy into a noble weapon: ambition
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  4. 8.2 |   Pitchfork

    Refining the gonzo pop-collages of his previous work, Ariel Pink crafts an immersive, intimate record marked by solitude
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  5. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Joyous pile-up pop mixes the He-Man theme, lo-fi new wave and 60s psych inside a fairground ride
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Sparer yet wholly captivating displays of psych-pop iridescence. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    One of his most dynamic records to date
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  8. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    While there are moments where the avant-garde house of cards collapses, such as album opener ‘Time To Meet Your God’ and the record’s title track, overall Ariel handles things with a deft hand
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  9. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    On the album, the specter of Bobby Jameson offers a useful framework for Ariel Pink's signature sound
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  10. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Title track aside, this a really good album by a really sketchy guy
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  11. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    An exciting chapter in Ariel Pink’s discography
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  12. 7.3 |   Gig Soup

    '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
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  13. 7.0 |   The Music

    His 11th album is reliably inconsistent, but has two of his strongest songs
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  14. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It’s great to have one of the true visionaries of his time back, and sounding in fine fettle to boot
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  15. 7.0 |   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
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  16. 7.0 |   Clash

    Though it’s hard to imagine what a more mature Ariel Pink may sound like, 'Dedicated to Bobby Jameson' offers an enticing preview
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  17. 6.0 |   Q

    Confusion's left in its wake, of course, but such is the price of the peaks. Print edition only

  18. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Jumping stylistic caverns between songs and sometimes even several times within them, Pink pulls on a rainbow of sonic styles
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  19. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    There are scattered tracks throughout the album where Pink seems to once again take a genuine joy in his craft but its most honest and moving moment comes when Pink directly confronts the depression that suffuses the entire record
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  20. 6.0 |   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
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  21. 3.5 |   Earbuddy

    Unless you've drank the Kool-Aid, Ariel Pink's new album is barely listenable
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