The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2009 Ratings: #177 / 867
Year End Rank: #23
User Score
Based on 145 ratings
2009 Ratings: #91
Liked by 1 person
February 3, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Slumberland Records / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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A.V. Club

In spite of that earnest, staunch reliance on its blueprint, TPOBPAH’s debut full-length is refreshingly watertight throughout.

No Ripcord

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart can easily be at the forefront of this scene because, simply put, they have the best hooks.


Like plenty of other bands in the internet era, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart seem poised to attract an audience that will far outstrip that of their easily identifiable precedents-- in their case, groups like Rocketship or Shop Assi

stants, each obscure these days even by Approved Indie Influence standards. A few other twee/noise-pop revivalists arguably pulled off that same trick last year, but Pains of Being Pure at Heart are likely to appeal to listeners beyond online name-droppers and Brooklyn scenesters.

Coke Machine Glow
The album’s accompanying trappings do little to dull its impressiveness or the band’s command of its lineage.
Drowned in Sound

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart have crafted an impeccable debut way beyond their years, and any misconceptions about them being mere revivalists of a scene only their elders could recall at first hand will surely be diminished instantaneously upon hearing this most accomplished of long players.


It’s much more than the sum of its parts and too effortlessly effervescent to be studied. Pure indie-pop to hold close to your heart.


A little more variation from song to song, a little more of their own sound, or another song or two as compelling as the best stuff here and the POBPAH's debut would have been classic. Settling for impressive is fair enough and good enough for fans of loud, fuzzy, and heartfelt indie noise pop.

Rolling Stone
This quartet's exciting debut is a dark bodice-ripper for the buttoned-up-cardigan set.

All told it’s a slightly patchy album, but one which is nonetheless savedby a couple of pop gems.

The Guardian

Anyone convinced that the C86 bands represent a nadir of tweeness will hate it - while anyone who thinks that Britpop and dance music ruined indie will fall hopelessly in love.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Crafting a "singular" sound is as idealistic as the next musical virtue, but this album -- the band's debut -- is glaringly commonplace.

It is a love song to the bands they grew up on, at times purely imitation as flattery, and, in those modest goals, it succeeds.
I kinda miss the days where I could stay up until 3AM listening to music and watching video essays. Granted that was barely two years ago. I've never had too many friends and even then parties and get togethers weren't a thing in my life. Often I kinda had my own parties. I'd order a pizza with the money I got from working with my Grandpa and take it upstairs. I'd play new music or any brand new vinyl that came in the mail. I know that sounds kinda sad, even lonely, but honestly I had a blast! ... read more
An amusing debut of sparkling indie-pop, made in Britain, that has the right title, the right melodies and the right guitars to reverse the past to the present.
One of those albums I wish I found when I was 15. Would have liked it so much more.

Favorite Song: Gentle Sons

Least Favorite: Young Adult Friction
Jangle pop gold.

Fav - The Tenure Itch
This Album Is Fucking Right!
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Track List

  1. Contender
  2. Come Saturday
  3. Young Adult Friction
  4. This Love Is Fucking Right!
  5. The Tenure Itch
  6. Stay Alive
  7. Everything With You
  8. A Teenager In Love
  9. Hey Paul
  10. Gentle Sons
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