The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Higher Than the Stars


3.5
great

Review

by AggravatedYeti USER (46 Reviews)
March 19th, 2010 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hazy pop band gives us a stellar EP with 4 great new tracks and one stupendous remix.

Last year NME friendly pop enthusiasts The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart dropped their self-titled wallop of a debut catching ears with their sweet jangly guitars, precious melodies and personal songwriting. Their brand of hazy surf-rock influenced brit-pop was as catchy as it was intricate, each song up to its neck in hooks, but is also steeped in musical prowess and studio experimentation. Higher Than The Stars, their aptly titled follow-up EP pretty much keeps pace with it’s preceding album. The four new songs (and one baller of a Saint Etienne remix) are still distorted guitar pop, still bouncy, still soft spoken, but this time the band is playing more towards home. As opposed to predominantly British name-checks, this time you can hear the Replacements influence on the guitar work here. The track list is still heavy on the hazy side of things, but it presents an almost rawer version of their sound. The notes are bountiful and easier to decipher from one another now (a big no-no in dream pop everyone!) and as always front man Kip Berman seems to share some kind of lyrical bond with Westerberg anyways, so it is fitting this direction they’ve taken.

Lyrically its not much of a departure, offering up the same scirpted dialogues and everyday anecdotes Berman gained praise for the first time around. From the hard realizations of growing up (“Twins”), to telling the one that got away to finally leave (“Falling Over”) all the way to getting stoned for the first time in your friend’s mom’s car (“Higher Than The Stars.”) Topped off with a Saint Etienne remix reminding us why they are, in fact, the masters of expansive, psychedelia infused electronic pop. If anything really this EP is nothing but an indication of where this band plans on going, and seeing the slight leaning towards guitar-rock as opposed to dream-pop here may finally garner them comparisons to someone other than C86 bands. Though when it comes down to their music in the base sense, they’ll probably never escape them. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are experts at crafting soothing pop melodies wrapped up in woozy fuzz and bombastic reverb, and few are doing it better. Really, should we be asking for more? Or thanking them for what we’re getting? Higher Than The Stars is another strong case for the latter.



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AggravatedYeti
March 19th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

score 1 more for YetiShoeGaze.com (now with capital letters!)

also database

p.s. Im bored D:

MassiveAttack
March 19th 2010


2688 Comments


A "stupendous" review!

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2010


15070 Comments


theres an its it's switch in the first paragraph

also "Really, should we asking for more? " wat. think you need to add 'be'


good stuff.

klap
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2010


10545 Comments


what is this yetihazypop.com

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2010


15070 Comments


yetishoegaze.com, duh (see first comment!)

yetihazypop.com is a porn site that many people accidentally enter when trying to go to yetishoegaze.com


also 'contender' from their debut is a sick song

AggravatedYeti
March 19th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

doh! thanks Alex(as well as Marko), always miss the little errors.

and fuck you Rudy :D

BallsToTheWall
March 19th 2010


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great band. Haven't heard this Ep yet but I'll make a note of it. Tight review.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

STOP SHOUTING!
March 19th 2010


638 Comments


sounds like the sort of shit i would like. kirgasmandi ...hmmm.

Hyperstation
March 19th 2010


146 Comments


I love me a Yeti review, mmmm just like mom used to make!

Titan50
March 19th 2010


4588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Surprised I don't have this, I rated their s/t a 4.5

BallsToTheWall
March 19th 2010


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Two songs I heard off this were awesome.

AggravatedYeti
March 19th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

mmmm just like mom used to make!


couldn't agree more.

and I'm surprised you don't as well Titan -- I'm sure its floating around somewhere. worth the search

klap
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2010


10545 Comments


excuse me that slogan is trademarked by the klap

AggravatedYeti
March 19th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

don't you mean The Klap.
let's be official here rudy come on.

klap
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2010


10545 Comments


true power can be whatever it wants

Hyperstation
March 19th 2010


146 Comments


Stop trying to take all the credit Klap!

Kiran
Emeritus
March 21st 2010


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mmm saint ettiene remix

Digging: Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson

AggravatedYeti
March 21st 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I dont think I'll ever stop listening to it.



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