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Boomkat Product Review:
**Bonus Disc Including Singles, B-Sides and Rarities** Quite unbelievably, it's been ten years since this debut album by Hefner was recorded, and as a commemorative gesture the album has been give a deluxe reissue treatment, with a bucketload of extras, including all the singles and B-sides from the time plus another 20 tracks of outtakes and rarities on a second disc (including the Hefner Soul EP and the early singles on Boogie Wonderland). It's amusing to read through Darren Hayman's new liner notes, in which he confesses to not really liking the album very much, comparing the record to "a baby photograph you pray your mother won't show your girlfriend or boyfriend." Of course, Hayman's utterly wrong to feel this way, the album still sounds bristling with lo-fi energy and smart, Pavement-like manoeuvres. It's especially nice to have the John Peel/Evening Session favourite 'Pull Yourself Together' included here too, which is one of those astonishingly simple, musically very basic records that somehow sounds rather exceptional, almost in spite of itself. The fourtrack recordings on the second disc give some insight as to how the album would have sounded had Too Pure not been able to talk Hayman and co. into using a proper studio, which the liner notes suggest was the band's original intention. Revisiting Breaking God's Heart is far more than an exercise in late-'90s indie nostalgia. There's a sufficient bounty of extras to warrant you delving into this anew, whether it's the 1st or 300th time you've heard the album.