Single Review – Hurts – Rolling Stone

Hurts continue to push through the promotion of their third studio album Surrender for October 9th and the newest single from the album is ‘Rolling Stone’. It’s already received acclaim for it’s ‘bold’ and ‘epic’ sound and the pop duo have managed to pull of flashes of this in the past, but with this track they have advanced these theatrical pop statements encasing a dark and detailed lyrical narrative. To do this they’ve sacrificed none of their sleek delivery, but have added smoother progressions and transitions via trembling string sections and choir-like backing vocals. These verse styles set up the hit of the chorus with leader single Theo Hutchcraft switching from an easy, intimate vocal to a more powerful and far reaching style of the chorus with heavy hitting beats and samples with a shredding guitar imitation cutting it’s way through it all. It makes their previous single look a little mundane in comparison, but offers up a bit of promise for their upcoming material as we see if they can continue to deliver this strain of theatrical power pop.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

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