I am a music writer, freelance journalist, artist manager, part-time PR, and MA Journalism graduate from Kingston University with all NCTJ pre-entry qualifications completed (including 100 words per minute shorthand, Essential Media Law, Media Law Court Reporting, News Writing, Video Journalism, and Essential Public Affairs).

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Friday, 18 March 2011

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Belong (Album review for Buzz magazine)

Words originally for Cardiff's Buzz magazine and can be found in the April edition of the print magazine.

Belong (Play It Again / Fortuna Pop!)

The follow up to their much loved and critically acclaimed, Belong will need to live up to some high expectations for many. The New York band’s self-titled 2009 release mixed saccharine and twee pop with noisy, jangling guitars and boy/girl harmonies to wonderful effect. Unfortunately this doesn’t reach those expectations. Not quite, anyway. It’s still a strong showing along similar musical lines to the debut, if slightly more downbeat, with plenty of strong tracks – but, ultimately, might leave some underwhelmed. JM

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