Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti- "Baby"

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

Mature Themes

4AD; 2012

Relax, light a candle, and hold someone close. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti's smooth track, "Baby", is so lush, sensitive, and filled with soul. The track comes off of Ariel's latest release, Mature ThemesWhile it isn't exactly a representative sample of all the material on the LP, it is still a modern slow-jam relic. The soft and raspy vocals purge sensuality and intimacy. The vocals become so weak and sensitive it is impossible to not feel the incredibly intimacy. Almost as if the song was being sung to you directly. "Baby" is a kind of, "Ladies, this one is for you" song, and would have fit on anyone of Marvin Gaye's records. "Baby" was originally recorded by Donnie Emerson in '79. It definitely leads the question as to why they decided to cover it. Sure the track is sleek and a great listen, but it isn't vaguely similar to anything else on Mature Themes. Was it a joke or a spoof? I am not sure. The only thing that I am sure about is that I sure enjoy the hell out of it.