Released: Mar 2011
Label: Collective Sounds
The Pains have never been shy about wearing their hearts on their sleeves; their love for John Hughes and "Kurt Cobain's Cardigan" is always present. For their sophomore disc, the tweesters recruited Smashing Pumpkins producer Flood and My Bloody Valentine mixer Alan Moulder. It's a union made in Gen X heaven, and the result is a more robust and streamlined sound, with a solid rhythm section that keeps the jangly, dreamy guitars and keyboards afloat. Kip Berman and Peggy Wang's harmonies make you want to curl up with that shy guy/gal from English class and watch Winona Ryder in her prime.