The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart (Slumberland Records)


This four-piece are being touted by some as “the next big thing”. If you’re familiar with the C86 scene (mid-’80s ramshackle UK indie) then you’ll get where they’re coming from, but they clean up some of the amateurism with a polished sound that fits well with the current crop of indie-rock chart-climbers. They may use some the same buzzing guitar sounds as The Jesus and Mary Chain, but they don’t engage in “sonic terrorism” like A Place To Bury Strangers. Instead, they concentrate on breezy melodies and temper their noise with bits of Vaselines and Belle and Sebastian-styled “cuteness”. It works pretty well, as the ten songs on their debut album are all enjoyable, but they’re also a bit faceless with an indifferent production that doesn’t do them any favors. I’ll take it, and I’ll look forward to hearing The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart grow, but I would feel better about this album if it had at least one killer song that stood out from the rest of the very good ones.

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