The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length album for the New York indie-rock band.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Muffling their excellent knowledge of English in jangle and reverb, four theoretical nerds demonstrate why a band is better than grad school.
  2. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart can easily be at the forefront of this scene because, simply put, they have the best hooks.
  3. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart simply made a slyly confident debut that mixes sparkling melodies with an undercurrent of sad bastard mopery.
  4. Everything sounds vaguely familiar, but rarely has it been done with such pristine confidence.
  5. A little more variation from song to song, a little more of their own sound, or another song or two as compelling as the best stuff here and the POBPAH's debut would have been classic. Settling for impressive is fair enough and good enough for fans of loud, fuzzy, and heartfelt indie noise pop.
  6. Unless you demand pure, cutting-edge originality out of your pop music, this is a solid debut effort.
  7. It is a love song to the bands they grew up on, at times purely imitation as flattery, and, in those modest goals, it succeeds.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Aug 19, 2010
    A freshness retrospective of twentyfive years of indie music (Indie Pop, Dream Pop, Twee Pop, Jangle Pop, Noise Pop, C86. I've forgotten anyone?).
    And '80s has been a great decade, it's cool a revival still now.
  2. Jun 5, 2011
    although the album IS a bit repetitive and limited (as someone here mentioned before me).
    as with all shoegaze albums - it's part of the
    these songs, despite being so melodic, are not catchy at all. as with all shoegaze (in my opinion) it is suppose to leave you with a great feeling inside, but not remembering a thing. just like waking up from a sweet dream. and it does the job marvelously
  3. Jun 18, 2011
    Being 18, I obviously never got a chance to actually live through the 80's. However, 80's pop culture references are always around, the references that state that the music was such better then, and with glam metal being existent during that era, I can't agree. However, there were bands like the Smiths, the Jesus and Mary Chain and so much more great indie bands. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, remind people who were able to lived through the 80's that there WAS actually some great music, and it makes people like ME, realize that same thing. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, noisy, and innocent sound work so perfectly here that it's almost impossible to not love this album, with it's straight forwards lyrics and sound. My Terrible Friend and Heart of Your Heartbreak are the two best tracks here, accompanied by a handful of other solid songs. Great album, great debut. Haven't listened to their sophomore effort yet, and I can only hope that they built towards their own identity, but still having the ability to help some of those relive the highlights of the 80's. Expand
  4. LeeH
    Mar 6, 2009
    Were the Primitives resurrected? This is a album is full of catchy hooks and pretty melodies. Be sure to wipe the Velveeta out of your ears when you are done! Expand
  5. MusicMaven
    Mar 10, 2009
    No, they're not particularly original. But there's not many bands out there with similar influences writing songs good enough to measure up to their predecessors. If you're a fan of 80's indie-pop, you must give this a listen. Expand
  6. Nov 28, 2012
    The Pains of Being Pure At Heart is an indie pop gem. Each track is incredibly catchy and surprisingly has some very deep depth to them. All In All, this isn't the pop record to end all pop records, but it surely is a well-written, indie rock record that shouldn't go missed. B Expand
  7. Seriously
    Mar 13, 2009
    These no-fi/"noise pop" bands are getting out of control. Do we really need another one? The genre has been milked dry after only a couple of years in the mainstream. Do they have some cool toons? Sure. But I've officially lost my patience. How hard is it come up with a sound that is remotely original? I've gotta stop reading Pitchfork. Expand

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