The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: “The Pains of Being Pure at Heart”
Okay, so maybe The Pains of Being Pure at Heart—how’s that for an unwieldy band name?—is no more than the sum of its record collection. The fact is, it’s a damn fine record collection, and would surely be the envy of any self-respecting indie music lover. Whether the band has its finger on the pulse of indie rock trends or they simply have good taste is irrelevant; what matters is that their self-titled debut—already a hit with the Pitchfork set—is a terrific little pop album that packs a punch despite the heavy debt it owes to so many bands that came before The band’s influences may point to the past, but their energy and their craft are thoroughly in and of the moment.
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