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The 10 Best Indie Pop Albums of 2009

Indie pop in 2009 was about all young energy and autumnal melancholy, about the rush you feel when you first hear an exciting new band, and the bittersweet feeling you get when your favorite band calls it quits.

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Ice Choir: Afar

With Afar, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kurt Feldman has distilled the synth-pop revival down to its purest, '80's based resin.

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The Pains of Being Pure At Heart: The Body (Single)

With shoulders slumped and eyes down, it’s the kind of vocal delivery that convincingly captures all the angst of a universe-crumbling teen breakup.

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The Best Indie-Pop of 2011

Perhaps some of the bands on this list aren’t indie-pop in a literal way, but they most definitely are in heredity, influence, or spirit. They prove that our most interesting musicians can express themselves within the essential form of a pop song, while also changing how we think about songs and what they do to us.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: Belong

Belong isn’t an album worried about the prospect of pricking its finger on the serrated edges of the stars, like Carl Sagan leafing through a Dorling Kindersley book about being an astronaut.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: Say No to Love

The Pains' tried and tested formula has yet to lose its charm.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The band's debut record begs us to play name the influence. It is a love song to the groups they grew up on, at times purely imitation as flattery, and in those modest goals, it succeeds.


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