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- Jeremy / My Life Is Wrong by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
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Rarely has a band risen so far while showing so little ability. It seems they just caught perfectly the wave of My Bloody Valentine, shoegaze retro wannabees and good on them, at least they single handedly resurrected the seemingly buried Slumberland imprint.
This is one of their better efforts actually, and there is a pizazz to the recordings not seen on their moribund sophomore effort with lashings of distorted guitars and feedback. The reason for the improved songwriting is explained when seeing that this is a 7” of covers. The A side is the contractually determined Magnetic Fields cover - a ritual which every wannabe indie-pop band must perform before being allowed to record their third album. It is performed in a sort of mini-REM style with jangling, trebly guitars and a big pop chorus that sounds exactly one of those later REM efforts like ‘Imitation of Life’. Actually it sounds exactly like ‘Imitation of Life’ which is no bad thing.On the flip, a song by East River Pipe, kind of a Magnetic Fields that only a select few has ever heard of, an intermittently great band. It’s fine and good, weighing in somewhere between My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr and Husker Du. Good songs = the key, can’t anybody see? If Pains of Being Pure at Heart start to come up with their own melodies to match these borrowed ones then I might even start to like them. Imagine that!
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