The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Say No To Love - Singles - Reviews - Soundblab

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Say No To Love

by Al Brown Rating:8 Release Date:

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart continue to be unoriginal but irresistible. I suppose whether you'll like 'Say No to Love' comes down to whether you can hear the band (or god help us, a record exec) working away behind the scenes, perfecting the formula for hip-but-catchy pop songs. I genuinely can't - this one sounds like approximately 40 per cent Jesus and Mary Chain, 40 per cent Teenage Fanclub and 20 per cent The Cure - but I'm absolutely sure those proportions never entered the band's heads while they were writing it. It's got a lovely jangly guitar riff, fuzzy chords and dreamy, comforting vocals and for these reasons I just can't feel cynical about it. And for the record it's good enough to be on a greatest hits compilation of any of the bands mentioned above.

B-side Lost Saint is a subdued number about "growing up, going to Catholic school and insubordination", according to singer Kip Berman. And it means we can add The Smiths to the list of bands that TPOBPAH can ape beautifully.

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