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 22 reviews
2009 Ratings: #204 / 910
Year End Rank: #23
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Based on 233 ratings
2009 Ratings: #96
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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.

Spectrum Culture

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart proves itself to be a rare work capable of holding its own against its obvious influences. Regardless of whether the band goes down the same rocky road towards mediocrity as so many of their predecessors, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart have crafted a debut for the ages.

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.

This album is hopefully just the beginning of many more pop gems to come from this adorable bunch.

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.

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

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.

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.


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

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.
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.


What a special little record this is. Simple, nostalgic shoegaze blanketing an absolutely delightful show of pop hooks and endearing duel vocals. It's just adorable.


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


thank for sharing this with me, isa. it is the epitome of our love.


Fourteen years later, this album is still a big warm hug of melancholy shoegaze. Also, it’s got hooks for days. I came back to this album accidentally, and I’m grateful I did. This is an album you can spin for hours and never tire.




We just be having full sentences as band names huh

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