The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Belong


4.5
superb

Review

by Ryan Fitz USER (32 Reviews)
March 12th, 2011 | 49 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "When everyone was doing drugs, we were doing love"

Apparently the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are releasing their newest album, the simply titled "Belong", not only on the traditional C.D and vinyl, but also as a button. Yes, a button. You clip it on to your shirt, plug your headphones in on the bottom, and instantly get transported into the land of lollipops and ***ty band names. Of course it would be entirely different if the ridiculous concept didn't gel with a ridiculous band, but thankfully for Pure At Heart, this is easily the case. Because Pure At Heart have done something remarkable here, they've played two chords, added some strings to Kip's smoky croon, and tried to convince us that they were playing actually noise pop, and in the end, they accidentally made legitimately entertaining noise pop. In fact, along with transporting us right back to the early nineties, they have actually made one of the best albums of the year, and believe me, nobody saw that coming.

In it's shiny heart of heats, Belong is a simple pop album. The music consists of a fuzzy blur with the consistency and effect of caffeine coated adderal, but somehow it transmits itself into becoming much more than that. It almost seems to be conflicted with an awful case of 59 sound-it-is, because no matter how many hooks they try, no hook falls flat, no matter how many cliché’s they pump into their music, it all sounds fresh, and goddamn it, by the end of the month, this entire album is just going to sound anthemic. Sure, Gaslight Anthem sound like they should be playing in a John Wayne movie, while Pure At Heart sound like they belong in some sterilized soda-shop where the waiters are composed of plastic smiles and rollerblades, but once the record starts spinning the effect remains amazingly the same.

Of course while Gaslight Anthem had fantasies about being in the fifties and dressing up like Elvis, Pure At Heart just seems content reliving whatever the hell happened in their teenage years. And whatever it is, it sure sounds dramatic. Whether it's Peggy’s lethargically detached voice repeating "We just don't belong" in the title track, to the devastatingly simple statement "There's no use to say how much it kills, when it still kills all the same", or even the defeated sigh of "everyone is just everyone", following the thousands of get-togethers, and break-ups in this album is simply exhausting, and magically, just as satisfying. It's cheery pop music with a kick. The feel good album of the year with just the right amount of youthful sorrow.

In the end, "Belong" has the same emotional force of that cheesy Christmas movie "It's A Wonderful Life" with just enough narcotic haze to keep you from realizing just how hard it hit you. It’s hard to believe that Pure At Heart can spend 10 songs recounting the throes of adolescence without the record being reduced to over-sentimental drivel. But somehow between the joy and the heartbreak they’ll have you reminiscing about that romantic date alone on the beach, and you, remarkably, being stood up at prom (I know, who would ever do such a thing?) But even if somehow they don’t, you’ll still be singing along with this entire record in no time at all. Because apparently the pain of being pure at heart is having the ability to make damn good music, and screw-it-all if I’m not going to be listening to this album all day today, just like I listened to it all of yesterday. In fact I'm probably going to buy that stupid button. Talk about that for success.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
letsgofishing
March 12th 2011


903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Stream it here
http://www.thepainsofbeingpureatheart.com/

demigod!
March 12th 2011


44793 Comments


Good review. I've only listened to this once so far, and it's very good. The title track kicks major ass.

Digging: Iced Earth - Night of the Stormrider

psykonaut
March 12th 2011


3913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

great review man. this is my AOTY so far, yeah i said it. "the body" is my favorite track right now

PorkchopExpress
March 12th 2011


389 Comments


Nice review. I listened to this twice in a row today on their website. I like it even better than the debut LP.

conradtao
Emeritus
March 12th 2011


2090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ooh I'm very excited to hear this

scissorlocked
March 12th 2011


3511 Comments


band is great

the review too,pos'd

Digging: Traumprinz - All The Things

Shrapnel94
March 12th 2011


2213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This needs to leak or something, I can't put up with streams.

demigod!
March 12th 2011


44793 Comments


streams are allright. they're decent if you don't feel like downloading/album hasn't leaked yet.

quality isn't bad on this stream, too

psykonaut
March 12th 2011


3913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

the album leaked last night

DoubtGin
March 12th 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my favourite 4 so far

Romulus
March 12th 2011


8447 Comments


this is really good so far

Kiran
Emeritus
March 12th 2011


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

had no doubt in my mind this would be an awesome record

Digging: Danny Brown - XXX

letsgofishing
March 13th 2011


903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Edit:

they have actually made one of the best albums of the year, and believe me, Kirgasm saw that coming.

:P

Kiran
Emeritus
March 13th 2011


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lmao, i actually just read the review and realized how much of a douche i sound like when you take my comment next to that line

letsgofishing
March 13th 2011


903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no, dude, your fine..I shouldn't make such broad assumptions anyway.

Shrapnel94
March 13th 2011


2213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Anybody else notice that Too Tough is pretty much Stay Alive from their self titled?

I don't mind, though.

shazwagon
March 13th 2011


84 Comments


Title song is amazing!

I'm sure the rest is brilliant too!

GulliKyro
March 19th 2011


357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Far more assessable then their debut, which works for me.

CounterClockwise
March 24th 2011


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lovin this right now.

ohfoxxxycole
March 24th 2011


4353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this sounds good to me



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