The vinyl reissue is something of a victory lap for contemporary musicians - and if there's any artist from the last 10 years who could claim to having 'won' at music, Ariel Pink's a likely contender.
A reissue of a reissue (originally released in 2003), Worn Copy is an unusual customer in that it's an enduring classic which rolls around happily in the classic rock slop bucket - pre-digesting chunks of MTV/FM rock radio vocab and spitting them out again in fully-formed, cruddy, pop perfection.
On Worn Copy, Pink lets the limitations of his form work for him - cassette hiss, pause button edits, beatbox drums - to create otherworldly, one-step-beyond sonic environments to couch his snappily written, should-have-been pop hits.
Killer songs like Credit, Life In LA and Immune To Emotion are catchy as hell and super-sharp, both musically and lyrically, sounding surprisingly fresh due to their out-of-kilter aesthetics.
Pink doesn't just appropriate musical influences; he assimilates them Borg-style.
A listening experience both hilarious and moving - 10-minute opener Trepanated Earth is like a guided tour through the peaks and troughs of Pink's interior world - Worn Copy is still staggering in its scale, ambition and pure entertainment value.
Star rating: 5/5
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- VolumeBy Chris Cudby