Purity Ring
Another Eternity


4.5
superb

Review

by brandontaylor USER (21 Reviews)
February 12th, 2015 | 220 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another Eternity is pop, perfected.

Purity Ring’s debut album Shrines was released in 2012 and remains one of my favourite albums of this decade so far. I’ve been eagerly awaiting its follow-up since then and Another Eternity, which leaked this month, has lived up to all my expectations. Purity Ring have altered their sound and it’s probably too early to say if it’s for the better, but the changes are welcome and make for a dynamic sophomore record.

The biggest modification made to their sound is that it’s decidedly more pop, and if that word makes you hesitant, it shouldn’t – Another Eternity is pop, perfected. After Shrines was criticised for sticking too closely to a singular sound, it’s refreshing to hear Corin Roddick and Megan James branch out into new sonic territory and draw from a greater variety of influences. “Bodyache”, with its glistening synth intro, trap-influenced bass and energetic, staccato chorus is more fun than anything on Shrines, and fun has clearly become one of the most important attributes for the band (just look at their cover of Soulja Boy’s “Grammy”, released between albums).

Lead single “Push Pull” is another example: it’s clearly a Purity Ring song – it doesn’t sound too different from “Fineshrine” (from Shrines) and is lyrically just as visceral (“Make a ladder of what folds / and climb up in me”), but its atmosphere isn’t nearly as dark or brooding. Megan James’ vocals are also mixed to be louder on both the track and the entire album, which shifts the focal point of the band’s sound away from Roddick’s production and towards her voice, a definite change for the better. Compare Shrines’ “Ungirthed” to Another Eternity’s “Begin Again” (the song that would sonically fit in most readily on their first album) and the improvement in vocal clarity is striking. However, production hasn’t taken a backseat as much as its shifted to share the spotlight, and the post-chorus breakdown in “Begin Again”, the EDM-esque drop in “Flood On The Floor” and the slow-burning instrumental crescendo in “Stranger Than Earth” are all highlights of Corin Roddick’s work on the synths.

Pitchfork, in their review of Shrines, described that album as a beautiful sculpture viewed at from all angles. Another Eternity smashes the sculpture and throws a party amongst the rubble, concerned primarily no longer with aesthetic beauty but with sensory stimulation. It seems aimed at the charts, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with this. Created formulaically with the biggest pop hits of the 2010s in mind, the album’s 10 tracks are designed to draw you in instantly, and they undoubtedly succeed at this. Eternity offers more than a sugar rush, however, as there’s serious talent behind the shimmering synthscapes and catchy hooks, and Purity Ring’s lyrical depth and attention to detail in songwriting ensure the album has lasting value as well.



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Hopelust
February 12th 2015


3457 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The album art alone makes me wanna check this out, let alone the rave review.

ILJ
February 12th 2015


6941 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Is the whole album streaming? Otherwise this will probs be taken down so you should save this review.

RivalSkoomaDealer
February 12th 2015


1630 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty decent review, if a little biased. Have a pos.



Obviously I disagree quite a bit though.

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brandontaylor
February 12th 2015


860 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh damn I didn't know an album had to be streaming/released to have reviews posted. Oh well then I guess

Balerion
February 12th 2015


1036 Comments


I've been looking forward to this one.

riffariffic7
February 12th 2015


488 Comments


I've been digging a lot of synth-pop these days, I blame that mainly on the movie Drive, and it's great to hear that this album delivers something special for the genre. Great review, brandontaylor. Thumbs up from me.

ComeToDaddy
February 12th 2015


1803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Super excited to hear this one. Great review too

Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 12th 2015


46193 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this was not good at all

Balerion
February 12th 2015


1036 Comments


Lol.

Nikkolae
February 13th 2015


5452 Comments


got this a few days ago and its just staggering, seriously great album

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Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 13th 2015


46193 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

but naaah

postrockpaperscissor
February 13th 2015


340 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

after 3 consecutive listens i actually think it has more depth than Shrines. I am not saying it is better, but I can sense that the production has improved quite a bit

RivalSkoomaDealer
February 13th 2015


1630 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nah Shrines is better.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 13th 2015


46193 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

shrines is definitely better

Nomos
February 14th 2015


1737 Comments


Shrines definitely better. This is still pretty good, but damn I wish they kept the depth and atmosphere of the first album.

TheGreatQ
February 14th 2015


2866 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shrines is definitely better but this is still really good.

DarthHideous1
February 15th 2015


225 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, I think I like this more than Shrines tbh.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 16th 2015


46193 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

*very average

Nomos
February 17th 2015


1737 Comments


Couple of spins later. Yeah, it's still pretty damned good when you look at the rest of the pop landscape, and certainly has their signature on it, but Shrines is just so much more beautiful and unique and catchy to me.

RoyalImperialGuard
February 17th 2015


1569 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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