Ariel Pink makes his ‘solo’ debut with enjoyably eclectic ‘pom pom’

Ariel Pink‘pom pom’
Ariel Pink (4AD)
3.5 stars out of 5

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ariel Pink first came to my attention as frontman for lo-fi indie outfit Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. From 2004’s “The Doldrums” to 2006’s “House Arrest” to 2010’s masterful “Before Today,” Pink consistently churned out quirky slices of indie pop.

Ariel Pink CDHe’s dropped the Haunted Graffiti for his proper solo debut “pom pom,” but insists the collaborative spirit is very much alive on the sprawling 17-track slab. “Although this is the first ‘solo’ record credited to my name, it is by far the least ‘solo’ record I have ever recorded,” Pink explains.

The songs on “pom pom” are delightfully eclectic, with Pink shining brightest on “Plastic Raincoats in the Pig Parade,” “Four Shadows,” “Put Your Name in My Phone,” “Goth Bomb,” “Dinosaur Carebears,” “Jell-o,” “Black Ballerina” and “Dayzed Inn Daydreams.” At more than 67 minutes, the album overstays its welcome by about a quarter — but it still makes for a fascinating listen. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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