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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Say No to Love [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: Say No to Love [7-inch]Say No to Love [7-inch] (2010)
Slumberland/Fortuna Pop

Reviewer Rating: 3


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On their new seven-inch, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart continue to progress away from the early My Bloody Valentine fuzz of their self-titled debut. On these two new songs, the group sounds much more cleanly produced than ever before, now recalling the Cure, Psychedelic Furs and Modern English. B.
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On their new seven-inch, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart continue to progress away from the early My Bloody Valentine fuzz of their self-titled debut. On these two new songs, the group sounds much more cleanly produced than ever before, now recalling the Cure, Psychedelic Furs and Modern English. Basically, they're still indebted to the '80s, only this time they're a bit more on the John Hughes side.

"Say No to Love" is a little jarring upon the first listen. Frontman Kip Berman sounds markedly different from previous recordings, a bit deeper, but the song is still pretty cute. With music this chipper, "cute" is the only word needed, even if the chorus is the title. B-side "Lost Saint" is a little bit slower, which is the real departure for the band. It savors the mood more.

Given that it's just a seven-inch, it's hard to say if Say No to Love marks the Pains' new sound or not. As produced, the songs wouldn't have fit on Pains or Higher Than the Stars. Whether or not this is the point where the Pains start to get slicker and duller won't be revealed until LP #2.

 

 
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mightybombjack (August 8, 2010)

>Reminds me a lot of My Favorite, and that's no bad thing

finally, someone else out there who has heard of My Favorite. incredible band. the secret history is good but i miss andrea.

bud_boomer (August 6, 2010)

this band is great. i loved their first lp, but i needed to see them pull it off live to totally be on board, and they delivered. this single is great as well.

mattramone (August 6, 2010)

This is a really really really great single. Reminds me a lot of My Favorite, and that's no bad thing.

I'm honestly starting to think of this band like I think about the Smiths or the Jam. A band that puts out great records, non-album singles, and b-sides. It's all contingent on their putting out a good sophomore record, but I think they have it in them.

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