Tuesday, May 13, 2014
REVIEW: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Days of Abandon
What deserves to be celebrated is what remains, and that is Berman's skill in shaping a melody and crafting hooks that transform a high percentage of his songs into instant earworms. He has a keen ear for that "instant classic" sound that makes a new song both attractive and recognizable. While a couple of his original collaborators, including Peggy Wang (keys and vocals), were not involved in Days of Abandon, Berman has assembled complementary musicians and producers to capture his sound. For this album, the female vocals (both background and, less often, lead) are provided by Jenn Goma (People Get Ready; formerly A Sunny Day in Glasgow). And since Goma's delivery has a more mainstream pop flavor as compared to Wang's, it serves as a more distinct counterpoint to Berman's more idiosyncratic and intimate approach. Days of Abandon is bursting with energy and sunlight, and those are very good ingredients for a pop album.
Jenn Goma's lead vocals --
A live version of "Kelly" --
Days of Abandon is out now via Yebo Music. By the way, the album art is by South Korean artist Lee Jinju.