THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
Days Of Abandon Yebo Music
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.