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

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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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – “Simple and Sure”

What begins as an elegant dinner party quickly devolves into Clue-worthy calamity.

The catalyst appears to be the mustachioed man eyeballing the guest across from him, but something more sinister is afoot—how did someone find the time to brick-fill all the exits? Do the guests really want to leave, anyway?

“Simple and Sure” comes from last year’s exceptional Days Of Abandon.

-Scott Bryson

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