Riffs: I'm not going to try to like Ariel Pink anymore
By David Malitz
I don’t like Ariel Pink.
This isn’t really much of a problem. Maybe you don’t like Ariel Pink either. But there’s really no reason why I shouldn’t like Ariel Pink. He’s a prolific, lo-fi, retro, psych-pop mystery figure. I love prolific, lo-fi, retro psych-pop mystery figures! He records for Animal Collective’s label. He’s been called the psychedelic, West Coast version of Robert Pollard. My like-minded friends love him. Every time there’s a new album I try to jump on board. But it never takes.
I really tried to get into Pink’s latest, “Before Today,” a universally-praised album that’s supposed to appeal to people who may not enjoy his earlier stuff. Again, nothing. And then I decided I won’t ever again try to like anything. This seems to be a pretty common phenomenon -- “trying” to get into something that you simply don’t like. But why bother? Not to say we shouldn’t listen to new things or even give something we didn’t like another chance. But to commit yourself to liking something that you already know you don’t like? There’s got to be a better way to spend time.
Or maybe I'm simply being stubborn? Have you ever tried to force yourself to like an artist and actually succeeded?
July 28, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories: Riffs | Tags: Ariel Pink
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