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Bubbling Under the 75 Best Albums of 2011: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Jeb Inge

This week we presented our Best 75 Albums of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...

Artist: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Album: Belong

Label: Slumberland

US Release Date: 2011-03-29

UK Release Date: 2011-03-29

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Belong

Everything about the Pains of Being Pure at Heart is perfectly indie-hipster, all the way down to their name. While their debut relied heavily on the now-popular tradition of emulating New Wave fundamentals, follow-up Belong found itself more atoned to the early '90s. Belong finds the Pains at their most consistent, with the opening three tracks, "Belong", "Heaven's Gonna Happen Now", and "Heart in Your Heartbreak" comprising the band's most solid run yet. The influences are all over the place, from Smashing Pumpkins, the Jesus and Mary Chain and even Violator-era Depeche Mode. The Pains stick to their "adolescence and naivete" schtick, but producers Flood and Alan Moulder flesh out the group's sound to match their lyrical daydreaming. There are few points where that daydreaming sounds more akin to whining, but the Pains are getting better at writing pop songs about being young and sort of in love. Belong is proof of that.

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