THE PAINS OF BE­ING PURE AT HEART

Days Of Aban­don Yebo Mu­sic

Blunt - - In Review -

Af­ter adding a Pump­kins fuzz to sec­ond al­bum Be­long, The Pains Of Be­ing Pure At Heart’s Kip Berman went full-Cor­gan and parted ways with most of the band. Don’t worry though, with­out want­ing to slight the for­mer mem­bers, it hasn’t af­fected the qual­ity on Days Of Aban­don. From the acous­tics of “Art Smock” to the shim­mer­ing “Beau­ti­ful You” and the an­themic cho­rus of “Eury­dice”, it’s their most clean and pol­ished al­bum to date, thanks to lush gui­tars and twinkly ‘80s synths. The con­tri­bu­tion of guest vo­cal­ist Jen Goma of A Sunny Day In Glas­gow is a big part of the al­bum, es­pe­cially her lead vo­cals on “Kelly”, a slice of pure sum­mer in the same vein as early favourite “A Teenager In Love”. They’re still as twee as a kit­ten in a knitted jumper, but that’s now three great al­bums out of three.

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