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Before Today (album) by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

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Before Today
Before Today by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (2010)
Release date: 2010-06-08
Overall rank: 2,084th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 238 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top albums of 2010 (34th)
Award Top albums of the 2010s (253rd)
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Before Today is ranked as the best album by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti.

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77/100 (from 238 votes)
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80/100
05/15/2019 19:16
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74/100

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75/100
From 9999
Yeah, it's a really fun listen. Round and round is the obvious standout, but Fright night is a personal favourite of mine.
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45/100
This is a really unfair way to rate an album, but I'm going to do it anyway. Pom Pom was my first introduction to Ariel Pink, and one of the main things I liked about that album was how crisp the production sounded and how it brought out all the intricacies of the songs. On this album however, the lo-fi aspect drowns out most of the details of the songs. Now I'm not bashing the fact that the recording is "lo-fi"; I love tons of lo-fi artists. But amongst the artists I love in that genre (Neutral Milk Hotel, GBV, Sparklehorse, Daniel Johnston) the lo-fi production serves to enhance the mood of the songs. In all the artists I mentioned, the dirty, gritty production fits in perfectly with the song structures, which are often halfbaked to begin with. In this album, though, it seems like there are fully fledged songs that just happened to be recorded poorly for the sake of it, the result being a bunch of songs that I wish I could hear better. So yeah, the songwriting is great and it's pretty eccentric, but the muffled production really turns me off of it.
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90/100
it's silly fun! just relax and sing along! sure ariel pink isn't the greatest singer but his voice (and everything else) is supposed to be goofy. if you take this album seriously you missed the point!
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80/100
This marks Ariel Pink's jump from completely lo-fi to well recorded lo-fi. The word original doesn't fit Ariel's music. It's just a big schizophrenic pot of the 20th century pop.
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75/100
"Soundtrack to Love Boat" is the most accurate description of this album that I've read so far.
(oh, but don't get me wrong, I like it)
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From Mirek
Thank God for the internet I would not have to buy this album. These would be lost money. :((
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100/100
From bread
Mozart, spot on mate.
I actually loved this album before I even bothered figuring out the lyrics. And they just made it even better.
"Sexual Bendiness" - hahaha!
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From Mozart
There are certain things I have a soft spot for: 1) Songs which are simultaneously funny and emotive, 2) Songs which have sections (not just verse, chorus, verse), and 3) Sexual bendiness. Album has all three. 2 means that it repays repeated listens like a mofo.
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55/100
zappa, primus, 10cc
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From Hayden
Haven't heard the entire thing yet, but Round & Round is brilliant.

EDIT: Just listened to it, not bad, Round & Round is still the standout though. Beverly Kills is another good song.
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