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Days of Aban­don Fierce Panda

If good pop mu­sic is time­less, then The Pains of Be­ing Pure at Heart should be chart-top­ping con­tenders. Alas, they’re not. In­stead, Kip Berman and his re­volv­ing-door posse of col­lab­o­ra­tors are an­other strug­gling New York in­die act. Filed along­side Bom­bay Bi­cy­cle Club and Lit­tle Green Cars, TPOBPAH are earnest, dif­fi­dent, smart and oc­ca­sion­ally twee. Trac­ing lines from The GoBetweens and Pre­fab Sprout to The Cure and Ride, Berman’s ideas are shot through the soft­est-fo­cus fil­ter, re­sult­ing in songs that are in­tro­spec­tive yet wel­com­ing, melan­choly yet joy­ous. Less in­debted to its in­flu­ences than the band’s pre­vi­ous two al­bums, Days of Aban­don is packed with an­themic in­die snaps (Eury­dice), smooth shoegaze crack­les (Un­til the Sun Ex­plodes) and hooks that are pure pop (Beau­ti­ful You). What’s not to love? the­p­ainsof be­ing­pure­at­

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