The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (album)

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
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Studio album by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Released February 3, 2009
Recorded Summer 2008
Genre Indie pop, noise pop, shoegaze
Length 34:58
Label Slumberland (US), Fortuna Pop! (UK)
Producer The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart chronology
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (EP)
(2007)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
(2009)
Higher Than the Stars (EP)
(2009)
Singles from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
  1. "Everything with You"
    Released: November 17, 2008
  2. "Young Adult Friction"
    Released: March 31, 2009
  3. "Come Saturday"
    Released: September 8, 2009

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is the self-titled debut studio album by American indie pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, released on February 3, 2009. The album was recorded at Honeyland Studios in Brooklyn, New York, and was mixed by Archie Moore. The album was released to generally warm critical reception. First pressing of vinyl is black with a limited edition in white. Second pressing of the vinyl is clear. The third pressing is black & white swirl.

Musical style[edit]

The album's sound has been compared to My Bloody Valentine, Ride, The Field Mice and The Jesus and Mary Chain.[1][2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 76/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club A−[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
The Irish Times 4/5 stars[6]
MSN Music A−[7]
NME 8/10[8]
Pitchfork Media 8.4/10[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart received generally positive reviews. On the review aggregate site Metacritic, the album holds a score of 76 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[3] NME's Nathaniel Cramp called the album "pure indie-pop to hold close to your heart."[8] Ian Cohen of Pitchfork Media gave The Pains of Being Pure at Heart a "Best New Music" designation, writing "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart simply made a slyly confident debut that mixes sparkling melodies with an undercurrent of sad bastard mopery, and you're just being a dick if you think the past has some kind of patent on that. That's just the way good pop music works."[9] Robert Christgau, in his "Consumer Guide" column for MSN Music, also praised the album, writing "Not only do they have a sound, they have tunes, and the words bring both home. One day it will please them to remember even this."[7]

AllMusic's Tim Sindra was more reserved in his praise, writing "A little more variation from song to song, a little more of their own sound, or another song or two as compelling as the best stuff here and the POBPAH's debut would have been classic. Settling for impressive is fair enough and good enough for fans of loud, fuzzy, and heartfelt indie noise pop."[1] In a mixed review, Maddy Costa of The Guardian wrote that "anyone convinced that the C86 bands represent a nadir of tweeness will hate it – while anyone who thinks that Britpop and dance music ruined indie will fall hopelessly in love."[5] PopMatters' Matthew Fiander criticized the album for lack of originality and felt that on the second half of the album, "the melodies sound a little too simple, the vocals almost anemic, and the songs take on a dreary-afternoon trudge."[10]

Pitchfork Media ranked the album #19 on the website's list of The Top 50 Albums of 2009.[11] In addition, the same website ranked the song "Young Adult Friction" #30 on their list of The Top 100 Tracks of 2009.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Contender"   2:40
2. "Come Saturday"   3:17
3. "Young Adult Friction"   4:07
4. "This Love Is Fucking Right!"   3:15
5. "The Tenure Itch"   3:45
6. "Stay Alive"   4:56
7. "Everything with You"   2:59
8. "A Teenager in Love"   3:24
9. "Hey Paul"   2:03
10. "Gentle Sons"   4:32

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart:[13]

  • Kip Berman – guitar, vocals
  • Jon Chaikin – remastering
  • Archie Moore – audio engineering, mixing
  • Alex Naidus – bass guitar
  • Peggy Wang-East – keyboards, vocals

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Top Heatseekers 9[14]
US Independent Albums 37[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sendra, Tim. "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart". AllMusic. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Maerz, Melissa (April 1, 2009). "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart : The Pains of Being Pure at Heart". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 5, 2009. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart". Metacritic. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ Bevan, David (February 10, 2009). "The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Costa, Maddy (February 5, 2009). "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart". The Guardian. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Rock/Pop". The Irish Times. March 20, 2009. Retrieved November 30, 2011. (subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (August 2009). "Consumer Guide". MSN Music. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Cramp, Nathaniel (February 23, 2009). "Album Review: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart". NME. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Cohen, Ian (February 6, 2009). "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  10. ^ Fiander, Matthew (February 4, 2009). "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart". PopMatters. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  11. ^ Pitchfork Staff. The Top 50 Albums of 2009. Pitchfork Media. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2011
  12. ^ Pitchfork Staff. The Top 100 Tracks of 2009. Pitchfork Media. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2011
  13. ^ The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Credits. Allmusic. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  14. ^ a b The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Charts & Awards. Allmusic. Retrieved 19 June 2011