The sound of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart self-titled debut album is totally familiar but totally awesome.
Opening track Contender draws the listener in with a trial of warm distortion, jangly guitars and delayed vocals before the pop perfection of Come Saturday and Young Adult Fiction use off kilter boy/girl harmonies and thumping toms to great effect.
While every track on the album sounds kind-a the same it is small variations that keep it interesting This Love is Fucking Right! is a speed up tale of incest (and a nod to The Field Mice’s This Love Is Not Wrong) while The Tenure Itch scratches all the right places.
Teenager In Love: sweeter that an sugar glazed candy centred lollipop with sprinkles, leaves you a tooth ache that is only slightly relieved by the albums weakest track Hey Paul before the tumbling closer Gentle Sons.
They (1,2,3,4,5) said it is not be possible to review this album without playing spot the obvious influence; I agree: My Bloody Valentine, Jesus And Mary Chain, Ride, The Smiths, Lush, The Pastels, Teenage Fanclub.