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On the heels of their debut eponymous album, released in 2009, Brooklyn quartet The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have rightfully earned themselves a reputation as masters of the peerless pop song, crafting tender, melancholy gems which shimmered and sighed with the wistful promise of new love, casting a spell over listeners and critics alike.

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  • Vinyl (13 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Yebo Music Llc
  • ASIN: B00JEK49XG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,839 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jun 2014
Format: Audio CD
I had a bit of a soft spot for The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart's 2011
album 'Belong'. I still play two songs from it often : 'Heaven's Gonna
Happen Now' and the rumbustious 'Heart In Your Heartbeat'. It had a big
dense sound and memorable tunes and choruses you could sing along to.

'Days Of Abandon' is a collection of ten new numbers and Kip Berman
leads the band into somewhat more transparent sonic territory; he
still has a penchant for a romantic epic ('Coral and Gold' is a beauty!)
but overall things have lightened up a tad and breathe more easily.

Opening track 'Art Smock' is a perfect example of this new luminosity;
a gentle, largely acoustic composition with some lovely vocal harmonies.
The splendid 'Simple and Sure' is just that; a crisp pop-friendly arrangement
which rattles along without a care in the world. Mr Berman's slightly effete
but eminently lovable vocal delivery has never sounded better. 'Eurydice',
too, is a real cracker; the band pulls out all the stops and fills the sky with
multi-coloured stars. Musical fireworks of the very best kind! For my money
however the gorgeous final track 'The Asp At My Chest' seems to have come
closest to stealing my heart with its very pretty melody and unaffected charm.
(The quasi-Mariachi brass in the final bars came as a nice surprise too!)

A fine musical offering. (I'm not quite convinced by the album's artwork however....)

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By Peter Hill on 27 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
I loved their first two albums and was hoping for something really special on this, their 3rd.
Although they have retained their knack of writing gorgeous pop songs they do seem to have reined in some of their more noisier elements which is really a shame.
It's definitely a more mature offering but is more subdued, in an Ultra Vivid Scene type of way, and lacks just something indefinable that their earlier albums contained.
However, that said there are still some wonderful songs on here. Kip as usual gets most of the vocals but Jen does get two leads and the 3 ultra catchy more upbeat numbers 'simple & sure', 'eurydice' (with a lovely interjected short frenetic vocal from Jen) and 'until the sun explodes' make this album very desirable on their own.
The quieter tracks just didn't do it for me although the opener 'art smock' is the exception. There's some nice brass included in the final 2 tracks and 'beautiful you' includes some shimmery/sparkly guitar to die for but there are just a few too many ok tracks to give them another 5 star classic.
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Format: Audio CD
Prefab Sprout meets The Dream Academy, this is one of those albums that makes your heart soar on first listen. It's melodic and enchanting. So rare to find an album like this, heck even a group like this still making music, they give us all hope......
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 July 2014
Format: Vinyl
it is so nice!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
jingle, jangle, crackle, pop. 13 May 2014
By Robert C. Delfino - Published on
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gently melodic, piercing melodies, beautifully crafted songs: this is what the pains give you on 'days of abandon' and more. yes, they are far and away my favourite american indie band but i promised myself i wouldn't be biased in this review. opening track, "art smock" opens the record and sets the tone for the remaining nine tracks, all gooey and dripping with melodic sneer (and they reference one of my all-time favourite bands felt!), this song spells trouble for the bulk of so called indie bands thriving/barely surviving right now (the black keys, the lumineers. et al....). the first single "simple and sure" is better than anything on 'the pains' or 'belong' and the perfect choice for a lead-off single/video, all glitz and shine. this should hopefully see these kids get the reverence they really deserve. highly, highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Less Goth, More Gloss? 16 May 2014
By Matthew J. Hill - Published on
Format: Audio CD
When I first listened to “Day of Abandon”, I couldn’t help wondering, “What happened to my little indie shoe-gaze band?” But after half dozen album cycles of jangle-pop bliss; I no longer felt the need to mourn the reverb drenched feedback of their excellent debut.

Right from the start, Kip Berman and company have shown an incredible knack for capturing the vintage alternative sounds of the 80’s and 90’s. However, “The Pains” nostalgic reverence for post-punk icons has somehow prevented them from developing a distinctive voice.

“Days of Abandon” attempts remedy this situation by employing clearer more spacious production, placing the vocals up front, and introducing unexpected instrumentation. Stately horns and shimmering synthesizers emerge in measured doses throughout, creating pleasant buoyancy without disturbing the melancholy undertones of Berman’s lyrics. The most notable change is the addition of Jen Goma from “A Sunny Day in Glasgow”, whose crystalline vocals supply emotive harmonies, complementing Berman’s plaintive warble. The mood considerably brightens when Goma takes the lead on “Kelly” and “Life After Life”; so much so, that you are momentarily convinced you have been transported to a different album.

Overall, “Days of Abandon” is entirely satisfying; however, it is not the breakout moment fans might have expected. Still, there is much to be admired here, as the band continues to expand its sound, with the promise better things to come.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A More Sugary Direction For The Pains 20 May 2014
By Dave - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
While maintaining the core sound of their previous work, this album is a definite shift toward a gentler and more sugary sound for The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. There's more of an emphasis on keyboards and the guitar is less hard edged, the drumming a bit more restrained. Most of it sounds like the type of music you'd expect to hear in a 80's John Hughes film. A couple songs, Kelly and Life After Life, feature Peggy Wang on lead vocals and have a softer feel to them. More rocking songs like "Come Saturday" are not to be found on this album. I give it about 3 and a half stars, I'll always like their debut better but there's a definite 80's nostalgia appeal to be enjoyed on this album if you're in the mood for it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
light & bouncy, hook-filled pop songs 29 May 2014
By Charlie Quaker - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Maybe the best thing about the 3rd release by this New York band is the strangely erotic cover art by
Lee Jinju—which isn’t to say it’s a bad album…TPOBPAH play light & bouncy, hook-filled pop songs
with an over-the-shoulder glance at heartache. Feathery-gorgeous twee-pop tunes take the lead, leaving
the shoegaze/dream-pop roar of 2011’s “Belong” further in the back-ground. There’s an embraceable
beauty in the predictably smooth flow of the music and the sweet, comforting vocals; but I find both the
songwriting and the delivery less compelling that the last album. Still, it’s a relaxing bit of summer afternoon
pop with a quiet appeal. Members have played with A Sunny Day In Glasgow, The Depreciation Guild, Ice
Choir. Some similarities to the Field Mice, Belle & Sebastian, Orange Juice, Foxygen, the Sundays, Summer Cats.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Pain Never Sounded Sunnier 2 Jun 2014
By J. Hubner - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There has been a gradual move for New York City's The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart; from a rough-around-the-edges sound on their debut to something resembling a sunny 80s pop sheen on their newest long player Days Of Abandon. The change is subtle, but there. On their debut album there was a slight darkness to the fuzzy pop hooks. You got the feeling My Bloody Valentine and Teenage Fanclub were spun quite a bit in the band's formative years. On their sophomore effort We Belong the band traded 4AD grit for Smashing Pumpkins grandiosity. Big guitar crunch took the place of shoegaze and post-punk flair. With Days Of Abandon the Pains' have embraced 80s FM radio and junior high dance soundtracks. It works for them, but I can't help pine for some of that darkness that's been lit up by neon lights.

"Art Smock" opens the album with a whispered vocal and musical refrain. At times this track sounds like Ezra Koenig stopped in to help out in the vocal department. "Beautiful You" could have been playing over the closing credits of any John Hughes film. Any of 'em, just take your pick. I'm picking 'Some Kind of Wonderful'. He didn't direct it, but he wrote it. "Coral and Gold" is an atmospheric little gem. You get the feeling there's some pain behind those words, "I've been waiting for you, just waiting for you, When you gonna turn? I've been tracking your spine, mixing your blood with mine, When you gonna turn?" The song builds into a beautiful crescendo before lilting at the end. "Eurydice" is that Bruce Springsteen and Pat Benatar collaboration we never got. At one point towards the end of the song I swear that Pat Benatar is singing the song's refrain. "I turned cold in September air, I wanted to follow you anywhere, but you weren't anywhere I could go" Berman sings as the band pumps up the chest-thumping moxie. "Masokissed" is big guitars and big keys that makes one long for a convertible and a sunset to drive into.

Days Of Abandon is one lilting heartbreak put to 80s sunshine after another. It's a solid album. The biggest problem here is the lack of grit and grime that The Pains' used to their advantage back in 2009. There's nothing wrong with some sunshine and optimistic synths. It's just that once in a while a fuzzy melody and terse vocal help to make the album a more relatable experience. The once dark and tragic is replaced with something more universal, or "one size fits all".

Regardless, it's a solid album that will soundtrack many summer parties and drives at dusk.
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