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From Belong’s anthemic title track onwards, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart deliver a confident sophomore album filled with arresting melodies and awash in glorious noise. Part of the credit goes to co-producers Flood (of Smashing Pumpkins renown) and Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine and Ride, among others), who give the New York quartet the sort of arena-shaking sound they deserve. Happily, the band is ready for this sort of widescreen treatment, offering a batch of taut, relentless rockers and dreamy ballads made to be played with enraptured fury. Kip Berman’s wistful vocals hover over massed guitar feedback and thick, panting bass, bringing out the longing buried within “Even In Dreams,” “Heaven’s Gonna Happen Now” and “Heart In Your Heartbreak.” Peggy Wong-East’s surging synthesizers coat “My Terrible Friend” with a bright neon glaze; the echo-bathed “Anne With an E” achieves a Spectorian melancholy grandeur. Somehow, the Pains manage to do it all with disarming humility, as if they were still unknowns thrashing away in garageland obscurity.

Customer Reviews

Same old

I love how everyone needs to state that they've been listening to this band since "their first album". Good job, but the truth about this album is that it lacks substance. People are saying how the early 90's are coming back and that notion makes no sense. If you want to hear the early 90's go listen to Guided by Voices or My Bloody Valentine, if you want the new flavor of the week to brag to your not-so-indie friends, then you should buy this. All the songs sound pretty mch the same and no new themes are explored in this album. Worth a listen but I wouldn't buy it.

pains of being pure at heart

these guys are progressive and this new album seems like a step forward from the last one. definetely can't label this album a sophomore slump

Album Deserves Way More Reviews

This album is just incredible! My Bloody Valentine runs through the veins of The Pains Of Being Pure of heart, and it really shows on this album. The songs on this album are heavy, poppy, and shoegazy, all in one song. The best example of this is in the song Belong.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With their wall-of-fuzz guitar stylings and sugary pop underpinnings, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart nodded to any number of old-school indie pop and shoegaze acts, most notably Black Tambourine and My Bloody Valentine. New York-based musicians Alex Naidus (bass), Kip Berman (guitar/vocals), Kurt Feldman (drums), and Peggy Wang (keyboards/vocals) came together to form the Pains of Being Pure at Heart in 2007. The band recorded a few tracks soon after forming, which were released as a self-titled...
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