Nov 14, 2011
So few bands that show such early promise go on to exceed all expectations. So many peak early, usually on that first LP, whose songs they painstakingly assemble, refine, reject and revamp as they seek that elusive record deal. The second LP, written to order, proves that much more difficult.
I expected that to be true of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, an american indie pop band with a sound that came straight out of the mid-80s. The band themselves denied any knowledge of their C86 predecessors and with much justification, since they hadn’t yet been born.
But C86 longevity was what I expected — a couple of singles, a decent LP and obscurity. Instead, with that decent LP behind them, the “Pains” produced not one but two brilliant records that were not only the finest of their time — and outstanding candidates for my 2011song-from-each-year-of-my-life but are among my all-time favourite records of all time.
I thought Say No To Love was good, then I heard this. Perfect.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart :: Heart in Your Heartbreak
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photo: The pains of being pure at heart by Antonio Martínez; some rights reserved