The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong

January 01, 1970

(Slumberland)

 

www.slumberlandrecords.com

 

Since 2009’s release of their
EP, Higher than the Stars, and their eponymous full length CD, the New
York City quintet with the aching lyrical name have become the patron saints of
arch and tiny fuzz pop and fizzy bliss, something mixing up the Smiths moaning
loneliness and My Bloody Valentine’s wall of wheeze only less so.

 

This time out the Pains get
darker and bolder due to gloomy super-producers Flood and Alan Moulder, the
cats behind Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode without losing sense of their
contagiousness. So that includes the big kick of Heart in Your Heartbreak” and
its easy nod to the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated” as well as the sultry biker
roar that makes “Girl of 1,000 Dreams” simple but thrilling. Kip
Berman isn’t relying in his Morrissey-like vocal tics and clichés to get by.
Atop Alex Naidus’ liquid bass and Peggy Wang’s off-kilter harmonies, Berman
makes a merry warbler while imparting his words of woe.

 

DOWNLOAD: “Heaven’s
Gonna Happen Now” “Strange” “Too Tough” A.D. AMOROSI

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