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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  1. Aug 19, 2010
    10
    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.
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  2. Jun 5, 2011
    9
    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
    charm
    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
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  3. Jun 18, 2011
    9
    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. Mar 13, 2012
    8
    They have a pretty original name but the same can't be said of the tunes. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. Like you'll see in most reviews of this band, these guys are obviously big 80's early 90's indie fans. The influence of The Smiths and My Bloody Valentine is prominent. The guitar playing is reasonably simple and the vocals aren't great - really low, but there is something about this album that I really like that I can't quite put my finger on. It's far from a classic but it's not got any bad tracks on it, its full of upbeat indie pop and it. The singles Hey Paul and Everything With You kind of embody everything about this record so if your looking for a taster before you dive in check those out. Expand
  5. Nov 28, 2012
    7
    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
  6. May 10, 2011
    5
    Here is a band with a lot of promise that is once again too stuck in that "I love the 90s indie scene so I obviously need to replicate it" mentality. I like some of the stuff they went for but it just makes me want to listen to the bands they like instead of them. There are some solid stand out tracks but after a bit the album sounds too limited. Expand

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