Monday, May 18, 2009

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Artist: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Album: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Date Released: February 3, 2009
Genre: indie pop, noise pop, shoegaze
Rating: 8.0

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are the latest shoegaze offering from New York City. This four piece have had critics eating out the palm of their indie-pop hands since the release of this debut self-titled record. With an extensive list of upcoming shows, it's clear to see that this hard-working band is looking to deliver their purist soft-rock far and wide.

This work sounds like the sun peeking through the clouds; the interplay of light and dark is apparent throughout. A creative consistency is held from start to finish, but the listen still allows for tracks like “Young adult friction” and “Come Saturday” to pioneer the pack. This in a easy going work that creates a small degree of playful addiction. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart provide a captivating and relaxing experience served with just the right amount of hearty attitude.

This record may not be big nor clever, but this band's broad approach has created a relatively familiar sounding record that has a modernistic touch. It's a bold musical expression that's similar to artists such as Belle and Sebastian, My Bloody Valentine and The Smiths in terms of execution.

A sure and steady record, it must be respected as an artistic whole. This debut is capable of glowing during any season, it is certain to deliver under any circumstance and it is sure to satisfy in any situation. The sun may be peeking through the clouds, but this is an album that will be appreciated all year round.

Reviewed by Leigh Padley.

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