Album review – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart


The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart -‘Belong.’ (Slumberland)

Boom! ten seconds into the opening, title track of their sophomore album, it becomes abundantly clear that Belong is not simply a rehash of their debut album of two years ago. This track is a shoegazing meets grunge headshake of a tune, and it’s like 1991 all over again (unless you were a raver, I suppose). ‘Heaven’s Gonna Happen Now’ the second track is perhaps closer to their debut.

This album has taken a kicking in certain quarters, and it’s not just the fact that it’s not TPOBPAH II but rather the way that they have changed their sound quite a lot in places. the record can feel overproduced at times – ‘The Body’ and ‘My Terrible Heart’ are way too indebted to New Order for their own good. There’s nothing wrong with New Order – but by the time of their second album, a band should have forged their own way far more. However, ‘Girl of 1,000 Dreams’ and ‘Too Tough’ are excellent tracks.

Sure, it’s not as strong as their debut – and it took me a while to get to grips with it – but there’s enough here to recommend a listen. It’s certainly much better than some of the bile that’s been thrown its’ way.


Belong is out now.

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart “Heart In Your Heartbreak” Single by Slumberland Records

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Belong by Slumberland Records

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