Words originally for Cardiff's Buzz magazine and can be found in the April edition of the print magazine.
PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART ***
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