ALBUM: Hurts – "Happiness"

Debuting at number 4 in the UK album charts with Happiness, it looks like Manchester based duo, Hurts, are here to stay.

Hurts, made up of singer Theo Hutchcraft and synth player Adam Anderson, had already released the single: “Better Than Love” earlier this year. However it failed to make much impact on the UK Singles charts by only reaching number 50. We’re not quite sure why it didn’t perform better – perhaps the reason being that they had been forgotten? This single brought the band’s epic 1980s sound to the table with a style as authentic (and very Depeche Mode like) as anyone else’s during the massive revival of the last couple of years.

Performing much better in the Top 40 is new single “Wonderful Life”, and this is probably due to similar levels of epic-ness and catchy-ness (these are both real words, I can assure you) to the first single, just with a little more promotion and consequential momentum going into its release. Critics of the album suggest that after these songs the record runs flat, but we’d say there are a few more gems to be found. These include “Devotion” a collaboration with pop icon Kylie Minogue. Other highlights for us are “Silver Lining”, a calmer “Blood, Tears and Gold” and the power ballad “Stay”.

As a whole the album works lyrically as an almost literary style exploration of the theme of  ‘Happiness’ and the 80s sound really complements this. The duo have a headline tour coming up which is already selling out, so it’s not difficult to see that the duo have put themselves in good stead for the rest of the year.

Amplified.tv’s James gives this his recommendation as “the best album of the Summer” so you might want to check it out!