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4.1

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Belong

I get the uneasy feeling that there is a record exec/American Apparel regional manager out there somewhere rubbing their greedy hands together over The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart's success (well, 'indie' success). So much about this band feels like it was cut and pasted together with pages from the 'Young Persons Guide To Becoming A Rock Star' — the fuzzed out guitars, the buttoned down cardigans, the Brooklyn home base, even the token Asian chick.


The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.

Musically they're completely unoriginal. They don't even hide the carrot in their teeth left over from the regurgitation they've served up as fresh Korean BBQ and called 'new music'. Their debut record was essentially a Yo La Tengo and My Bloody Valentine playlist set to shuffle. Fuck, even their convoluted name sounds like the title of a YLT record.

So second LP into their career has Kip Berman, his androgynous vocal chords and his cookie cutter band mates made an effort to create rather than emulate? Fuck no, they've gotten worse!

The Cure, Joy Division, Pavement. This album wreaks of a hipster's vinyl collection and yet they seem to be applauded by critics and fans alike for this quasi-copyright infringement, rather than degraded for it.

On the same note, I don't understand why a band like the Silversun Pickups, who The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart sound staggeringly similar too, are reviled for the influences openly worn on their sleeves. Maybe they're too L.A., too Silver Lake instead of Williamsburg. Or maybe this is just one of those things, similar to when people enjoy Art Vs Science or Two And A Half Men or Ricky Ponting, where 90% of the people you talk to don't get it but allegedly they've got a shitload of fans.

Fucked if I know. As far I'm concerned this record has little to offer, next to no staying power and will be forgotten in a matter of weeks. On the plus side — if you're a band living in Brooklyn, playing fuzzed out Smiths covers and feature an ethnically ambiguous bass player, you better get your pen ready to sign a record deal.

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Comments

Muscle'n Flo

It also helps to have a guy that looks exactly like Billy Corgan in your band...

Totally agree with you on silversun pickups too. They really shouldn't be hated as much as they are...

8 years ago

tiddles

mr. flo you are very silly.

8 years ago

Muscle'n Flo

hahahaha oh shit... that's embarassing. I thought they were all a little too similar

8 years ago

Dr_Funkenstein

James Iha is there too, on the left. Conspiracy?

8 years ago

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