The Echo Of Pleasure is the latest album from The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, although we should point out that in terms of song writing it is in a sense a solo endeavour from frontman Kip Berman.
By Jane Howkins
Nevertheless, it’s a great effort from the band, albeit one that follows Berman’s life closely, with many of the changes in his life featured lyrically and sonically across the album. For those not in the know, Berman got married shortly after the bands’s last release, Days Of Abandon, and the majority of this album was written and recorded whilst his wife was pregnant, with that seeming to be the main focus of the record. It may sound mushy, but it works, and there’s an intimacy and a closeness present throughout that manages to be ever so evocative.
This lyrical theme might throw some of the group’s fans off, and this is their first album that (in our humble opinion) doesn’t really seem to have moved their sound on much as their previous works did, but if you are patient and listen carefully, then you should start to get what Berman was trying to do when writing The Echo Of Pleasure. Whilst he is surely a very talented songwriter, it isn’t the easier of albums to get into, but when it works, it truly works – and for the most time it does work. It’s a slightly different direction for the band, and one that perhaps signals a later solo move for Berman, but it’s still worth checking out.
The Echo of Pleasure by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is out now.