“Mature Themes”

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Following June 2010’s Before Today as an LP, this album is fairly erratic, and very enjoyable. Pretty goofy at times, but very self-aware, Mature Themes is great as an album if you are down with some funk and pop and a some oddity. I like this whole group of songs together, but one song at a time, as in typical radio format, and they remain stellar. Pick anything and you’ll be treated to a high fidelity, oft-humorous take on the older Ariel quirkiness. The last track is a remake of the Donnie & Joe Emerson slow jam, “Baby”, and is similarly title. Not an APHG original as much as a soulful cover, this song nonetheless rules for slowing your set down for some sincere groove.
Think: Wonky brilliance, in the vain of Zappa at times! It’s so gooood.
REC : 3, 4, 6, 7, 13
FCC: 1, 10
Label: 4AD
Release Date: August 20, 2012
Alex Applegate reviewed this album on August 25, 2012

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