- Days of Abandon

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Days of Abandon
CRITIC SCORE
70
Based on 20 reviews
2014 Rank: #472 / 827
USER SCORE
73
Based on
80 ratings

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80
The Line of Best Fit

Days of Abandon, like everything before it in the Pains catalogue, will win precisely zero prizes for originality, but there’s a vivaciousness permeating every aspect of the record that breathes so much new life into its well-worn touchpoints.

80
The 405

Days Of Abandon is a rousing success. POBPAH's third LP lunges confidently into all the right places, emitting sunshine, glee, rainbows, sugar and sparkles as it goes like a sweaty unicorn running a marathon.

80
Exclaim!

Despite now being three full-length albums into their career, the Pains have happily held on to and continued to embrace their charming amateurism on latest effort Days of Abandon.

80
Under The Radar

If Belong was Pains' alternative anthems record, then Days of Abandon is their take on classic indie pop. 

75
Pretty Much Amazing

This is the third Pains record in a row that has enough memorable songs to play almost like a career-spanning Best Of collection.

75
Pitchfork

Musically, Abandon's the fizziest Pains record yet. Gone are the plumes of distortion, and in their place there's a crisp, effervescent gallop, splitting its time between dreamy balladry and spotless indie-pop.

67
Consequence of Sound

It’s not particularly ambitious, but it’s incredibly pleasant, and you’ve got to hand it to a guy who can keep a smile up even as he’s skipping through his melancholy. 

65
Paste

Days of Abandon sands away most of the corners and edges that made the band’s first two albums so enthralling, leaving behind a pleasant-enough collection of songs that aren’t particularly memorable. 

60
AllMusic

Without the energy and the sonic thrills, they are just another pop band making music that's little more than a momentarily pleasant diversion.

60
PopMatters

What makes Days of Abandon less warm and immediate than the Pains’ previous peaks is that even as Berman has broadened his palette and expanded his range of possibilities, his musical vocabulary seems more borrowed and derivative than before.

50
A.V. Club

The gentler ambiance and oh-so-precious presentation just don’t make up for the lackluster song-craft, and there’s little other innovation at play to save it all from being an unremarkable bore. 

Dec 6, 2015
78
A more easy listening side of the group. It's fun and more poppy. The only thing missing is that lo-fi fuzz that made you fall in love with the band in the first place.
Mar 17, 2015
SiberianBreaks
NR
Pains pretty much remove the noisy fuzz from their previous two albums and use a more jangle pop style for this album. I'm glad they trying new things, but I feel the songwriting and the instrumentation is quite bland and a step down from their last album.

Favourite tracks: Simple and Sure, Kelly, Eurydice, Until the Sun Explodes
Jun 27, 2014
lemuriams
81
Amazing record!
May 25, 2014
austincrane235
73
Best Track: Kelly, Masokissed, Life After Life, or The Asp at My Chest
Worst Track: Coral And Gold
Most Overrated Track: Eurydice
Most Underrated Track: Art Smock
Apr 18, 2014
JFulfy
81
Very upbeat, happy music that carries through. The problem with that is there not a lot of diversity and uniqueness about this album. Great album though, do come back to listening to it now and then.
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May 13, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Yebo Music / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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Track List
  1. Art Smock
  2. Simple and Sure
  3. Kelly
  4. Beautiful You
  5. Coral and Gold
  6. Eurydice
  7. Masokissed
  8. Until The Sun Explodes
  9. Life After Life
  10. The Asp at My Chest  


Added on: February 25, 2014