Cellars’ ‘Phases’ Slightly Too Pink

Ariel Pink-Produced Electronic Pop More Glitter than Gold

After the strength of Cellars’ song “I Won’t Be Falling In Love,” one can’t help but think Ariel Pink had a way of slightly dampening this L.A.-based electronic popster’s luster. As producer, Pink adds his graffiti grit and neon-AM radio glow, which sometimes works great, like on “Do You Miss Me?” but renders other songs shallow — “I’m Feeling” sounds like a lost dance record from the 1980s that time was better off forgetting. There are some hits here, especially “Curse Your Love,” probably the most Pink of the bunch and easily the coolest, and the Spandau Ballet/Tears for Fears–like “Still in Love,” but this album overall is more glitter than gold.

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