ARIEL PINK: DEDICATED TO BOBBY JAMESON
Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
Ariel Pink’s musical dexterity has always been his most interesting and inspired trait. On his eleventh studio album, Dedicated To Bobby Jameson, Pink threads figure eights on roller skates, chews gum, and spins a basketball on his index finger all at the same time—and looks fashionably good doing it. Equal parts funky, beautiful, and fragile, the songs on Bobby Jameson zig-zag from Berlin-era Bowie bangers to paisley Underground-inspired earworms to decaying swooning crooning pop. “Another Weekend” is a late-summer late-night love letter to lost weekends, while the swirling “Feels Like Heaven” is an insouciant jangly pop song a la 80s L.A. scene legends the Plimsouls and the Dream Syndicate. Pink doesn’t forget his peaches & cream funk roots with “Death Patrol” and “Santa’s In The Closet,” though the latter could easily fit on the b-side of Bowie’s Low. The most intriguing musicians—Bowie, Prince, and Beck among them—effortlessly balance the artsy-fartsy, melodic, and the ironic, and Ariel Pink’s work indicates that he wants to be thought of as among those artists. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson is his most accessible album to date, but accessible without compromise—like the artists listed above, its ambition makes it that much more pop.
—Kegan Pierce Simons
ARIEL PINK’S DEDICATED TO BOBBY JAMESON IS OUT FRI. SEPT. 15 ON MEXICAN SUMMER.