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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The New York–based quartet’s self-titled debut harks back to the shimmering indie-pop of the early 1990s.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is an exercise in nostalgia “to hold close to your heart,” said Nathaniel Cramp in New Musical Express. Everything from the band’s “oh-so-twee name” to frontman Kip Berman’s affected English accent harks back to the shimmering indie-pop of the early 1990s. This New York–based quartet’s self-titled debut proudly recalls the hazy sweetness of Black Tambourine or the wistful jangle of the Jesus and Mary Chain. While a “nice, relatively tame approximation of that era,” the album lacks the slightest bit of originality, said Greg Kot in the Chicago Tribune. “Gentle Sons” shamelessly steals from the Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Just Like Honey.” “Everything With You” could be a long-lost Field Mice recording. It’s obviously a “great sound,” one bands have tried to re-create ever since. And the past shouldn’t have a patent on it, said Ian Cohen in Pitchforkmedia.com. These “slyly confident” 20-somethings haven’t only revived twee pop, but show they can craft a pretty song or two of their own.

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