Thursday, December 2, 2010

Single Review: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart-Heart in Heartbreak/The One

As always with my punctual tardiness, I'm late covering some of the best music around. In this this case, it was me missing out on my beloved Pains of Being Pure at Heart releasing a brand new seven inch. In fact, this 7" happens to be the first official single off their upcoming and very anticipated (at least by me) second album Belong. In the mean time, there is this 7" to tide us over. "Heart In Your Heartbreak" is a much less fuzzed Pains of Being Pure at Heart, in fact the majority is almost completely skimmed off, revealing the pure pop melodies that the band has always been so perfect at performing. The band is still singing about love and loss, but their are few other lyrical devilries that fit their music better.

The b-side "The One" is a whole other situation. A more crony style is incorporate, layered with that wonderful distortion to the guitar. It has more of a '90s indie rock feel to it (as those the whole single itself), coming off a bit like Dinosaur Jr. if they had been shoved through a gigantic C-86 filter. A weird comparison for sure, but from what everything the band has been saying, they have been trying to expand their sound, as they pull it off here, and not fall into a formula. And this 7" showcases perfectly an expanding band, and proof that The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will not be a one hit album band.


The Pains of Being Pure At Heart Website

Pre-Order the Heart In Your Heartbreak single here, from Slumberland

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