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Belong

The Pains of Being Pure at HeartVinyl
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Do The Pains of Being Pure At Heart belong? After garnering widespread acclaim from the likes of The New York Times, Pitchfork and NME to countless indiepop forums, blogs and even Live Journals for their out-of-nowhere s/t 2009 Slumberland debut, have The Pains made the kind of record that will matter to the kind of people to whom records still matter?

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  • Vinyl (March 29, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Slumberland/Collective Sounds
  • ASIN: B004N2L7IU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Belong
2. Heaven's Gonna Happen Now
3. Heart In Your Heartbreak
4. The Body
5. Anne With An E
6. Even In Dreams
7. My Terrible Friend
8. Girl of 1,000 Dreams
9. Too Tough
10. Strange

Editorial Reviews

The beginning of 'Belong'-- the title track and new single from the Pains of Being Pure at Heart's second album, which is out March 29 via Slumberland-- features the indie-pop band casually jangling along. But it's something of a red herring. Right at the fifteen-second mark, the guitars blitz out louder and harder than anything on their self-titled debut. The gargantuan distortion recalls nothing less than prime-era Smashing Pumpkins, which makes sense considering Belong was produced by Flood and mixed by Alan Moulder, aka the guys who helped craft the sounds of Pumpkins classics like Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, not to mention records by My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, U2, PJ Harvey, Depeche Mode, and many more. Basically, if you grew up in the 90s, your ears are subconsciously attuned the studio wizardry of Flood and Alan Moulder.
We recently met up with the band at the delightfully cheesy grilled-meats chain Dallas BBQ in downtown Manhattan. As lead singer Kip Berman slurped a red, white, and blue frozen drink called the 'Firecracker,' he and the rest of the group-- that's keyboardist Peggy Wang, bassist Alex Naidus, and drummer Kurt Feldman-- talked about their unlikely studio gurus in semi-shocked tones. The chummy foursome were more than happy to chat about the movie Clueless and something called a Travel Pussy, too.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Belong March 29, 2011
Format:Audio CD
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart deliver on the promise of their sparkling debut album with their follow-up, Belong. Here the band takes all the ingredients that worked so well the first time around -- tight song structures, solid hooks, melancholy lyrical themes, healthy doses of early '90s shoegazing nostalgia -- and expands their sonic reach into the stratosphere. With heavy-hitter producers Flood and Moulder behind the boards, the band elaborates on their previously lo-fi aesthetic and introduces dense layers of distorted guitar that cut through the mix and demand your full attention. The songwriting has gotten even more refined, the hooks bigger and the songs themselves feeling more emotionally charged than ever. Where the rhythm section sounded relatively compact and unassuming behind the fuzzy guitars on their first album, the drums are huge, propulsive and thundering throughout the album as the bass lines rumble with a U2-style sense of anthemic grandeur. All of this could have spelled disaster for a band whose charm seemed in part indebted to its vintage-sounding production style, but instead, the band smartly utilizes this broader sonic palette to bring their ideas and moods to life in a new way. While a few fans might not dig the big-and-shiny bombast, most should find this a very satisfying listen, and surely this will be the album that brings them more mainstream attention, as well. While heavier tunes dominate the set list, there are some welcomed tamer moments, such as the New Order-inspired songs "Heart in the Heartbreak" and The Body." On the final track, "Strange" The Pains slightly tweak their usual verse-chorus-verse formula, opting instead for a steady, droning rhythm that builds into a lush, exhilarating climax. Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars irresistibly melodic post-shoegaze pop April 5, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Sophomore release from New York press darlings lives up to the hype...gorgeously addictive,
irresistibly melodic post-shoegaze pop packed with a ton of hooky choruses, compellingly sweet
vocals and smoothly roaring dream-pop guitar riffs. There are no new inventions here, but this
may be as close to "perfect" as formulaic shoegaze pop can get. Every song is a stick-in-your-
head keeper. Two big pop thumbs pointing toward the sky here! Similarities to Jesus & Mary
Chain, The Raveonettes, New Order, Ride, Asobi Seksu.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belond March 29, 2011
Format:Audio CD
On their self-titled debut, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart explored the tropes and truisms of 1980's new wave and dream pop, layering their poetic, biographical love songs with fuzz and shimmer. Now, on their follow-up, Belong, you can hear the band continuing to explore their style, while simultaneously giving a bigger nod to their influences, including some unexpected references to bands such as '90s alt-rock titans, the Smashing Pumpkins, which are heard throughout the record in the loud-soft dynamics that play in numerous songs (no doubt courtesy of former Pumpkins producer, Flood.)

Stylistically, Belong is a little bit more varied than the Pains' debut, with burners that drive harder and ballads that play it softer. However, as far as songwriting goes, Belong doesn't quite top what the band achieved on their first record, though it is certainly an excellent record full of catchy hooks and clever songs. For a band like the Pains, innovation is key. Another record in the exact same vein as the s/t debut would be superfluous and pointless, but with innovation there are naturally missteps, though the band avoided doing anything particularly egregious with any of the tunes. Opener and title track "Belong" is a powerful mid-tempo ballad (not unlike most of their songs) and sets the stage for the lyrical themes of being an outsider that are found throughout the record. First single "Heart in Your Heartbreak" is a strong example of the Pumpkins influence heard in this album, with a gradual build of fuzz and distortion until the song really explodes in the last minute. Later on "Even in Dreams" and "Strange" are perfect little slices of fuzz pop, rounding out a solid set of songs that don't necessarily raise the bar for this excellent band, but certainly don't lower it even an inch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album April 2, 2011
By TobycW
Format:Audio CD
Reminds me a little of Lightning Seeds and Jesus & Mary Chain. And that's a good thing! Soft male vocals coupled with riveting guitars. Sounds good to me!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Anne With an E". March 30, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a great sophomore CD release effort by the talented alternative/indie rock band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, simply titled 'Belong'. Unlike their debut 2009 self-titled album, the band's sound has evolved in 'Belong' to that which is reminiscent to bands like Blondie or Smashing Pumpkins among others, but this in a positive good way. The opening/title track "Belong" does give one a good overview of album sound : great melodic rock sound. My favourite track (and hence the title of my review) is "Anne With an E" : an incredible beautiful ballad. "Heart In Your Heartbreak", "The Body", "Even In Dreams", "My Terrible Friend" & "Strange" are all great tracks with quite a similar sound & song structure (and sound is quite similar to the song "Maria" by the band Blondie). "Heaven's Gonna Happen Now" has great lead guitar & vocals. The great melodic alternative tracks "Girl Of 1,000 Dreams" & "Too Tough" is another showcase how great this band is. There is no weak track to really talk of on this great CD 'Belong'. On overall, you have a well produced CD release by the talented rock band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, a highly recommended CD listening.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars FAST SHIPPING
AWSOME BAND, FAST SHIPPING..THIS IS A BAND THAT SHOULD ON EVERYONES RADIO BUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY PUSHED TRASH LIKE MILEY CYRESS AND GARBAGE LIKE LADY GAGA...OR JUSTIN BEBER. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gabriel
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
If you like the smiths/cure 80s echo and the bunnymen kind of music you will probably like this band. Very consistent album to album. No bad music so far. Buy it. Enjoy it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Alan Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars CD-The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
This album is insanely beautiful, true and good! Lovely vocals, clever lyrics and insightfully creative music that makes you want to come back and have another listen - again and... Read more
Published on October 14, 2011 by Dawn
2.0 out of 5 stars Ain't Misbehavin'
If you like this band or this album, then that's good. We've all got our opinions, and I mean no disrespect. Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by L. Ricciuti
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid
Thanks in part to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's eponymous 2009 debut, the Black Tambourine catalog has been reissued and, more importantly, we've heard that some sort of My... Read more
Published on June 6, 2011 by Gregory William Locke
1.0 out of 5 stars A Return to Androgyny
This really sounds like a mish-mash of '80s alt pop like New Order, poppy Cure, and a dash of drone bands like JaMC, Loop, MBV, etc. Read more
Published on June 4, 2011 by D. Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars I dont consider myself a fan...
because I dont like any of their other albums, except this one! Everything came together on the cd... Read more
Published on June 1, 2011 by R. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars pains of girls and jesus
As pure as the first two Girls albums and owing as much to the Jesus and Mary Chain, though less moody, and that's were the popness comes in. Read more
Published on May 28, 2011 by Tiny tunes
2.0 out of 5 stars Redux of 90s mediocrity. Pretentious band name ironic or not.
A thicker, tighter, more polished version of early to mid-nineties grunge-free
power-pop in the vein of the most sugared offerings of velocity Girl. Read more
Published on May 2, 2011 by djfriendly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and addictive!
Best album since Cee Lo Greene's "Lady Killer" and Hurts' "Happiness"

Reminescent of Smashing Pumpkins, Cure, New Order, but more low-key. Read more
Published on April 29, 2011 by Alpha Centauri
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