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The Echo Of Pleasure

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The Echo Of Pleasure

Fourth album from the New York indie pop band led by Kip Berman

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  1. 8.3 |   Paste Magazine

    The album bursts with breezy and tight arrangements, meditative melodies, and beautifully poignant lyricism, making it a simultaneously boyish and mature exploration of love, longing and everything in-between
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  2. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    This album doesn't alter the Pains sound so much as it doubles down on exactly what the band is all about: Kip Berman's gently lulling voice, swooping synths and layers of feedback that ever so slightly distort what would otherwise be fairly run-of-the-mill pop/rock music
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    It may not pack the same sonic punch as their early singles, but it has an overall more interesting sound
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  4. 7.9 |   Earbuddy

    This new record sees the group returning to what they do best: write big, colorful anthems for the teenager in all of us
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  5. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Has a more personal feel than past Pains records
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  6. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Revolution isn't a prerequisite for good music, so if insular, sensitive indie rock is your thing, you'll probably love The Echo of Pleasure
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  7. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are back to show us that '80s alternative synthpop isn't dead, and it's perfectly fine to be mopey as long as there's a good beat
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  8. 6.8 |   Pitchfork

    Full of gleaming exteriors
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  9. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Berman has an interesting voice part wistful sigh, part conflicted forever teenager part joyous epiphany, unfortunately, he doesn’t reach the last place nearly enough here
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  10. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    This is far from Berman's best work, but sequencing aside, there is enough here to suggest that he's still got something left in the tank
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  11. 4.0 |   The 405

    As Berman's vocals have clearly aged, so have his songwriting abilities. Genres clash like ass-backward magnets, and the conceptual strengths found on its predecessors are swapped for a messy, if not incompetent track list
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