- SPIN Rating:7 of 10
With a label upgrade and real studio time, one might expect the fragrant four-track smog to lift from the sound of Los Angeleno Ariel Pink. But Before Today still sounds like it was dubbed to cassette and left on the dash of a 1983 Datsun for an entire summer. Every aspect seems faded and warped, but that doesn't obscure Pink's savvy maneuvering -- from the peppy "Bright Lit Blue Skies" (a '60s surf cover) to the hard prog of "Little Wig." And a gem like "Round and Round," with its Oxycodone swoon, has a brightly timeless glow.