Ariel Pink — House Arrest (2002/Mar 2011/April 24, 2020)USA FLAG Ariel Pink — House Arrest (Sept. 2002/Mar 2011/April 24, 2020)
¬♣   Nové, teď již třetí vydání, navíc remasterované. Po 10 souvislých vteřinách ještě nezamrazí, skladba vrhá nové světlo na debatu s Arielem Pinkem: není to tak, že by se svou prací příliš snažil, je zjevně příliš nejistý, aby ukázal své písničky v nominální hodnotě. Přesto mne jeho pojetí nesmírně baví. To bude tou nostalgií. Jsou zde zjevné životní jizvy. Pamatujme však: jizvy ukazují, kde jsme byli. Neurčují, kam směřujeme.
Born: June 24, 1978, Los Angeles, California, United States
Location: Highland Park, Los Angeles
Album release: Sept. 2002/Mar 2011/April 24, 2020
Recorded: Oct. 1, 2001~July 2, 2002
Record Label: Demonstration Bootleg/Paw Tracks
Duration:     66:21
01. Hardcore Pops Are Fun    4:24
02. Interesting Results   2:43 
03. West Coast Calamities   4:00 
04. Flying Circles    3:56
05. Gettin’ High in the Morning   6:44 
06. Helen   4:14 
07. Every Night I Die at Miyagi’s   3:57
08. House Arrest   5:03 
09. Alisa   2:58 
10. The People I’m Not   6:03 
11. Almost Waiting   4:49 
12. Oceans of Weep   5:01 
13. Netherlands   9:11
14. Higher and Higher   3:17 
♣   All tracks are (Remastered).
♣   Kurt Ressler   lead guitar (3)
♣   coL   drums (2)
♣   Ariel   Bass, Drums, Vocals, Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Layout, Engineer [Digital Transfer], Recorded, Sleeve
♣   Wade Ivy   Layout, Sleeve
♣   Rusty Santos   Mastered
♣   Rob Carmichael   Sleeve [Sleeve, Additional Help], Layout [Additional Help] 
♣   Ariel Pink   Written, Performer [Played]
by Adam Moerder ⌊ 9 JANUARY 26 2006 ⌋ Score: 6.2
¬♣   Latest record from Paw Tracks’ lo~fi, nostalgia~obsessed singer~songwriter.
et’s pretend that Ariel Pink isn’t Animal Collective’s pet artist. That he’s not unabashedly L.A. and doesn’t get off on tickling our FM culture pleasure areas. That he doesn’t deliberately sculpt his Brian Wilson/California weirdo~songwriter mythology to a T. That he doesn’t pretend he invented genre~bending lo~fi. Got all that? Good, here’s the kicker — House Arrest is just another slightly above average album from Pink; controversy and fanfare be damned.
¬♣   It’s a shame there’s so much baggage with Pink’s albums, but he hasn’t exactly shied away from self~aware self~promotion. Opener “Hardcore Pops Are Fun” contains the line “Pop music is good/ It sounds like it should/ Pop music is mine/ It tastes so divine.” Next song has Pink “getting interesting results” whenever he “thinks of a band” and “sits down and tries,” further pondering in the second verse whether he’ll write a good song today. The track ends with a half~assed attempt at self~deprecation (“I’m not going to try anymore”), but further reinforces the fundamental beef surrounding Pink — the dude tries too hard to be pop’s puppet master, possessing the last 50 years of tuneful feel~goodness at his fingertips.
¬♣   I never thought I’d be saying this in an age of Coldplay and reality TV melodrama, but Pink’s slapdash compositions could actually use some sentimentality, or at least gravitas, amidst the rapid~fire nostalgia. Some say Pink’s expansiveness~for~emotiveness tradeoff works, but it feels like hors d’oeuvres in place of a scrumptious dessert. No doubt about it, Pink demonstrates a knack for hooks, however, and House Arrest comes as close to bare bones pop rock as Pink gets.
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