Boyracer's second and final release on the esteemed Sarah Records label, 1993's From Purity to Purgatory is a great leap beyond the earlier release for the same label, B Is for Boyracer, or indeed any of the handful of singles the Yorkshire trio had recorded up to that point. For one thing, it sounds like most of these songs were actually rehearsed at least a couple of times before they were recorded. Even that minimal amount of preparation works wonders, because From Purity to Purgatory is a buzz pop delight; an unpretentious batch of noisy little pop-punk songs that border on incompetence without actually tipping over into it. Stewart Anderson's songwriting is vastly improved, with the manic acoustic opening of "Cog" and the downright reflective "David Byrne" particularly standing out. Then there's the utterly pointless ambient noise fragment "Doorframe," but that's the only misstep on this otherwise fine EP. This is the final release by the original lineup of Boyracer, which split up in early 1994. Later lineups would continue the more melodic bent seen here.
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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason