The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are a young Brooklyn-based indie-rock band whose first two albums rated highly on journo's year end Top 20 lists of 2009/2011. However, my impression was mostly one of general indifference to the noisy, wall of sound type of sonics that seemed to emulate shoegaze bands like Ride/My Bloody Valentine/Stone Roses.
So, based on previous releases, 'Days Of Abandon' is one that I almost turned the page on, without even giving it a chance. But I'm pleased that I gave it a quick sample, since it's a pretty impressive collection of dreamy indie "pop"... with stress on the "POP". Unfortunately, the new album seems to be polarizing some of the critics, many of whom prefer the clangor and crunch of the early releases versus the catchy, jangly melodies of the new one. Love it or hate it, I'll take their new smoothed edges direction any day. Think of bands like Stars, The Sundays, Smiths, The Cure (at their catchiest), maybe a dash of Belle & Sebastian tweeness...
DAYS OF ABANDON may not be ground-breaking or edgy enough for some in the crowd, but a good healthy dose of warm, sunny tunes always does me good.
I can't even pick a favorite song, not a clunker to be found.
Life After Life (live):