higherthanthestarsListeners who were sold on Brooklyn band The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s combination of droning fuzzy guitar/Wall of Sound rock and jangle/twee pop will find this EP, which features four new songs along some remixes, to be pretty much required listening. The songs, most of which have been staples of their live show, are as good as anything on their debut record, released earlier this year. The title track may be my favorite song by them so far, in fact, and the EP’s got a stellar remix done by none other than Saint Etienne. That song and the other highlight here, “Falling Star,” in particular have a strong 80’s feeling to them, while “103” and “Twins” owe a debt to both 80’s Jesus and Mary Chain and 90’s bands like My Bloody Valentine. I think I actually enjoy this EP better than I did the LP; at any rate, this will be a band I will be paying special attention to from now on.

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thepainsofbeingpureatheartNew York based band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart exhibit a couple sides to their music on their self-titled LP debut: One is summed up by an eMusic listener who described them as “a happy Jesus and Mary Chain,” and the other side is more jangle and twee pop oriented. They ably switch back and forth from droning fuzzy guitar/Wall of Sound rockers to acoustic guitar pop ditties, and if they don’t score a lot of points for originality, and if their music has more charm than edge, they’re still great fun to listen to. They definitely skew more towards the pop than the rock side, and their pop songs may be occasionally a bit too sweet sounding for some, but generally The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is a pretty pleasing record, and those inclined to give into its charm will have a good time listening to it. Standout cuts: “Come Saturday,” “Young Adult Friction,” “Everything With You” and “Hey Paul.”

MP3: “Everything With You”

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