Single Review: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Heart in Your Heartbreak

By on Wednesday, 17th November 2010 at 12:00 pm

The new single from New York’s the Pains of Being Pure at Heart is called ‘Heart in Your Heartbreak’, which frankly is more than a bit redundant. Because we all know the Pains are all about heartbreaks, mistakes and everything in between. And personally, Kip Berman’s voice augmented by Peggy Wang’s harmonies are so angelic, they make everything better. Even heartbreaks.

This track is more poppy and less honey oozy than the tracks on the band’s debut released early 2009. It is a definite step in maturity, sounding less like that album and more like the ‘Higher Than the Stars’ EP released autumn 2009 (I reviewed this on TGTF last year shortly after I saw the band for the first time). Smartly, the beats are highlighted more, and the bridge features those start and stop ‘pauses’ of guitars in action that are actually harder to make sound good on rock recordings than you might think. Good stuff. Am I excited about their sophomore album release in 2011? A resounding yes.

‘The Heart in Your Heartbreak’ 7″ vinyl will be released on 14 December and can be pre-ordered from Insound.

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