Days Of Abandon (LP)


The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

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Amoeba Review

05/12/2014

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have always vacillated between distortion-fueled shoegaze and clean, shimmering power-pop, even on their fizzy, raw but excellent debut. Three albums in, and the band has wisely chosen to explore the second half of that equation on Days of Abandon. “Simple and Sure” is not only the band’s lead single, it describes the sound of this album—straightforward, confident and hooky, fully of sing-along choruses and clap-along beats. “Kelly” glimmers with new-wave keys, heartfelt girl vocals and jangly guitars, like a lost collaboration between The Wake and Cyndi Lauper. “Beautiful You” is an extended, florid love song reminiscent of mid-period Cure. And “Masokissed” is a breathtaking dream pop jam with gorgeous guitarwork and a pop beat. You miss some of their shoegazing, although it pops up here and there, as on the nearly overwhelming “Eurydice.” But mostly, the swanky new version of POBPAH on Days of Abandon works, giving them a streamlined sound without losing the big, beating heart that’s always been at the core of their work. Fans of dream pop and shoegaze should already have this on their radar, but with Days of Abandon’s new wave bent, it’s the band’s most widely appealing album yet. Give it a spin and you’ll soon give in.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Art Smock
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 02:16
2.
Simple and Sure
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 03:28
3.
Kelly
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 03:03
4.
Beautiful You
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 06:10
5.
Coral and Gold
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 03:39
6.
Eurydice
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 04:18
7.
Masokissed
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 03:23
8.
Until The Sun Explodes
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 02:26
9.
Life After Life
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 04:01
10.
The Asp At My Chest
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 04:14

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