The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Echo of Pleasure

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The appeal of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s latest record—and of much of their last one too—is that every one of its songs sounds like the last song on an album: all the guitars, all the strings, all the keys, all the emotions, all thrown together in a looping, blissful climax.

How they can go all-in like that for nine songs straight (especially live) without exhausting themselves or listeners is anybody’s guess, but the appeal is tangible: it’s hard not to like these songs because they all appear so imbued with sentiment.

The only negative: the sometimes saccharine, always emotive vocals and lyrics may be a turnoff for those not used to them. Check out one of the disc’s less sugary tunes below.

-Scott Bryson

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