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Hunt me with your blackened eyes would you run to the end of the world? Tell me how you can't be kind would you run to the end of the world? 'Cause... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Magnet
    May 19, 2014
    85
    Days Of Abandon stands up as both a continuation and a reintroduction for this ambitious band. [No. 109, p.59]
  2. 80
    Days of Abandon, like everything before it in the Pains catalogue, will win precisely zero prizes for originality, but there’s a vivaciousness permeating every aspect of the record that breathes so much new life into its well-worn touchpoints. Indie pop at its most sparkling.
  3. Expansive, immersive indiepop; how these Pains have grown.
  4. May 16, 2014
    70
    In dialing down the pomp of Belong and the fuzz of their debut, the Pains discover something that transcends mere buzz: an ageless indie pop sound that could last them for years to come.
  5. May 13, 2014
    65
    Goma and Pratt help contribute to what is perhaps the most sophisticated sound the Pains of Being Pure at Heart has yet achieved, but there’s something to be said for the immediacy that came with the raw and more spacious feel of the band’s previous albums.
  6. May 29, 2014
    60
    It's sweet, but after a few listens, a little too limp.
  7. Jun 20, 2014
    40
    It’s a little too smoothed out and indistinct now--most of the songs are well crafted but a little TOO well crafted.

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Score distribution:
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. May 17, 2014
    8
    It is undoubtedly a disk benchmark for progress so far and definitely will occupy us in the lists of the best albums of the year at the end ofIt is undoubtedly a disk benchmark for progress so far and definitely will occupy us in the lists of the best albums of the year at the end of the year.
    The music of Pains addressed to hopeless romantics stowaways an era that challenged the cruelty, cynicism, their political correct sounds, and apathy in this unbearable life resistors are music, emotion and lyricism .
    The Abandon Days is a contemporary soundtrack film which deals with love, loneliness, human relationships and the pains of being pure at heart ...
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  2. Nov 8, 2016
    8
    "Days of Abandon" is unmistakably "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart", drenched in the feel of the 80's/early 90's. This record falls somewhere"Days of Abandon" is unmistakably "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart", drenched in the feel of the 80's/early 90's. This record falls somewhere between their Smithsesque debut and the shoegaze of their 2nd album "Belong", mixing a variety of styles taken from the indie pop palet. The record sounds like you've heard it before, as is form for the band but rather than offer up lifeless facsimiles of Robert Smith and Morrisey's musings, they do offer their own take on things. It's a bit sugary like a bag of pick and mix. No lasting nutritional value but very enjoyable and addictive while your gobbling it up. Expand
  3. May 15, 2014
    8
    It may seem like Kip Berman is disenchanted on this album... and I think that's because he really is. To me, the whole record comes off as aIt may seem like Kip Berman is disenchanted on this album... and I think that's because he really is. To me, the whole record comes off as a sigh. A bright, shimmering, catchy as all get out sigh, but a sigh nonetheless. Instead of conjuring images of carnal relations in a library, transcendent love, and romantic weekends, he just seems... off. Maybe that's why reception to this album has been lukewarm.

    Lukewarm, maybe, but I still can't stop listening to it. I see this work as a reflection at a stand still. Sitting in his chair waiting for the motivation to clean up after a party he threw for someone that didn't end up coming. Laying in a hammock at the beginning of September after realizing that all of the romantic hopes and dreams and promises of a new summer culminated into nothing but sadness and sunburns. The yearning from his earlier work is there, oh boy is it ever, but the promise is gone. He's reaching up but he doesn't know where the next rung is, or if there is another rung at all. It's the most vulnerable sentiment that I think Kip has showed thus far. And for my money, the best songs on this album stack up with the best from the eariler recrods, and the others are perfectly placed. Days of Abandon may not win any new fans, or Kip new friends, but when all of your friends move on from your life, isn't it important to find out who your real friends are?
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  4. Dec 6, 2016
    3
    I did not like this album at all, and I absolutely loved the other two Pains of Being albums, and earlier EP. Kip breaking out basically anI did not like this album at all, and I absolutely loved the other two Pains of Being albums, and earlier EP. Kip breaking out basically an entire new band confused me. And why did he give the Sunny Day in Glasgow chick lead vocals on two (horrible) songs? Until the Sun explodes is pretty much the only song on this whole album that I really like. It's just too light and fluffy. In a word, Yeech! Expand