ALBUM REVIEW: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Echo of Pleasure | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 01.09.17






The Echo of Pleasure opens with the woebegone chamber pop melodies of My Only, which sounds a little like a gloomy Vampire Weekend song. It’s underwhelming.

With The Echo of Pleasure TPOBPAH seem like they’re going for Galaxie 500 or My Bloody Valentine, but have missed the mark with what is ultimately an overproduced imitation of 80s dream-pop. It’s incoherent and has none of the sparkle of their previous releases. A couple of tracks are a bit catchy but it’s mostly just sloppy pastiche.

Where their self-titled debut and its two follow-ups managed to achieve an effortless new wave sound without feeling too try-hard, The Echo of Pleasure is messy and, honestly, a bit too corny.


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