January 29, 2023
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Pure sound remains solid

Indie pop darlings The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are just a bunch of kids who want to have fun. On “Belong,” its second album, the band searches for the deeper meaning of life. As to whether they found what they were looking for, well, the jury’s still out on that one.

The band’s summery orchestrations are relaxing. With dance beats reminiscent of New Order and a youthful innocence found in their cohorts Ra Ra Riot, it’s hard to give these kids a bad rap.

Lead singer Kip Berman’s fragile vocals are reserved, unsure of their place. While the distorted guitar riffs are some of the catchiest out there, the lyrics fall flat. “She was the heart in your heartbreak, the miss in your mistake” is hardly lyrical genius.

There is still a timeless quality to “Belong.” The album is a solid representation of quality indie pop that could eventually make the jump to mainstream radio play.  But in order to come close to that, a little more maturity is in order.

2.5 stars out of 4