Who: Brainchild of Kip Berman and other touring members.
Sound: Indie pop heavily influenced by New Wave.
TFN Final Take: 2017 has been awesome for music fans. Many new and returning artists have put out influential stuff. It’s a shame that The Pains of Being Pure At Heart released their fourth album in this environment. Berman is a master of the sound he has honed for ten years – think of it as The Cure on Prozac. The songs on this album are catchy and inoffensive, but ultimately don’t add much to the existing oeuvre. With so many artists breaking ground in their words and sound this year, such stasis sticks out. While The Echo of Pleasure isn’t a must-listen for all, it will no doubt please fans and those who like their pop music with lots of guitar and synthesizers.
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– Reviewed by Matthew Heiner