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Even in dreams I cannot betray you

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart were my 2010 choice and runner-up for song-from-each-year-of-my-life, so my expectations were beyond high as the release date of their second LP got closer and closer.

Those expectations were tempered when the band added another guitarist — hinting at a shift from pop to “serious” rock, never a good thing. That the 2011 LP, Beyond, survived the transition is a testament to the band’s sensibilities and songwriting, which spawned at least half a dozen excellent numbers to go with those two moments of genius from the previous year.

All are nominees for my 2011 song, but this stands out.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart :: Even in Dreams

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photo: The pains of being pure at heart by Antonio Martínez; some rights reserved


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