Hurts
Happiness


2.0
poor

Review

by IAJP USER (42 Reviews)
September 9th, 2010 | 9 replies | 7,113 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Could you please explain the hurting?

2 of 6 thought this review was well written

Revivals of synth pop seem to come around extremely regularly, most recently in the form of cool, arty stripped down New Yorkers. But very rarely has it ever came back around from the location it all started - in impoverished Northern cities like Salford or Sheffield. These places bred a certain type of individual; disillusioned, talented, at odds with authority, and extremely non conformist. Bands like Joy Division, Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark, The Human League, and their southern counterparts Depeche Mode and Tears for Fears.

They may have differed in aesthetics, lyrics and even what they wanted to do with their music: but the uniting factor for these bands was their own sense of upheaval, a sense of avant garde boundary pushing, and of course, the inclusion of wonder instrument the moog Synthesizer.

And so now it comes back round again, yawn. But this time, more interestingly, is a synth pop band, from synth pop band territory, the spiritual home of the North - Manchester. Hurts are a promising duo who posses all the credentials to be a truly memorable act, they're staggeringly handsome but look outrageously nonchalant about it all. They're both extremely talented, be it at the instrument side of things, or the soaring and evocative vocals.

Despite this wealth of favourable evidence for Hurts, their debut record feels immensely bogged down by the inclusion of uninventive, boring and pretty unremarkable filler, all of which tends to be ballads, like the decidedly Simon Cowell-ish Stay or the quite painfully long Blood, Tears and Gold. There are some great tracks on Happiness, but there is so much crap on here that seems to bog down the outstanding tracks. Wonderful Life and Sunday are both great examples of this, pulsating, rhythmic, and almost otherworldly in their robotic sounds, the former being the fantastic lead single from the record, whereas the latter is pipped to be a follow up single.

It's a shame really in a way that Hurts have decided to rush out their first record, when everything is in their favour. The British market is hardly saturated with home grown dance pop talent, who are truly talented and likeably distant. Their inclusion would have without doubt been a breath of fresh air - if, that is, they took their time about it, and wrote an album full of what people want to hear, Silver Lining being such a track, a painfully Depeche Mode sounding track that soon builds in intensity and distills all that is good and wholly about synthesizer based music in just under five minutes.

It just so happens that Happiness is an album chocked with filler, with a sprinkling of killer here and there. On a debut album that doesn't tend to point towards good things for the band's future, which again, is a shame as the world seems ready to love another Mancunian again, especially after Morrissey's recent ridiculous fall from grace.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
IAJP
September 9th 2010



378 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i must say, i did really want to like this album..

TBliss
September 9th 2010



987 Comments


this band annoys me

IAJP
September 9th 2010



378 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

listened to em on spotify the other day..wonderful life is a great track

DoubtGin
September 9th 2010



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Wonderful life, wonderful life, wonderful, wonderful, Wonderful life
Wonderful life, wonderful life, wonderful, wonderful, Wonderful life
Wonderful life, wonderful life, wonderful, wonderful, Wonderful life
Wonderful life, wonderful life, wonderful, wonderful, Wonderful life
Wonderful life, wonderful life, wonderful, wonderful, Wonderful life
Wonderful life, wonderful life, wonderful, wonderful, Wonderful life
Wonderful life, wonderful life, wonderful, wonderful, Wonderful life
Wonderful life, wonderful life, wonderful, wonderful, Wonderful life
Wonderful life, wonderful life, wonderful, wonderful, Wonderful life
Wonderful life, wonderful life, wonderful, wonderful, Wonderful life
Wonderful life, wonderful life, wonderful, wonderful, Wonderful life
Wonderful life, wonderful life, wonderful, wonderful, Wonderful life

cant get it out of my head


STOP SHOUTING!
September 9th 2010



631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just wondered what you mean by "the uniting factor for these bands was their own sense of upheaval".

can't beat a bit of moog, was thinking of getting this, but probably won't bother now.

Tim00w
September 20th 2010



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm wondering whether you listened to the whole album...because in your review i only read about the
first
five tracks, while the last four songs might just be the best tracks (Unspoken is by far the most
beautiful thing i've heard in quite a while)...also Illuminated is quite wonderful...and i don't read
a thing about these songs, why is that?

BigSimo
March 9th 2011



159 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Wonderful Life is gay, the best song is Sunday. And anyway I agree with numerous people that have talked about this --- it sounds like a boy band.

BrushedRed
June 2nd 2013



910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Haven't had the chance to check this out, but "Illuminated" came on my Bastille station on Pandora and it was awesome. Not expecting too much after seeing the rating though :/

BrushedRed
June 2nd 2013



910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, this wasn't too impressive. "Silver Lining" and "Illuminated" are the only good ones.



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