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

Sunday Suggestion – Hurts – Wonderful Life

Hurts consists of Theo Hutchcraft from Richmond, North Yorkshire and Adam Anderson from Manchester. Their two albums Happiness (2010) and Exile (2013) have seen them explore the length and breadth of their Tears For Fears and Depeche Mode influences from their sharp appearance and their slick produced and refined pop music as one of the many acts making pop music a discipline as opposed to those who use it as a tag. One song that is the epitome of this is their 2010 single ‘Wonderful Life’. A track that was one of many at the time to show signs of pop music’s sophisticated potential. Forlorn, whirring organs open the track behind a metronomic click. These are coupled with a slight brush of the cymbal and then a pulsating beat. These are tied up by Theo’s clean, sharp and calm vocal. The minimalism and echoed space of the verse allows for a small explosion of sound for the chorus with subtly grinding synths and more rapid, tumbling percussion. All this is still within the boundaries set in the verses and so keeps the song as cool and as understated as their appearance. The song chimes and echoes into it’s final chorus, guided by a gently warping guitar solo. A calm and collected song that tells the story of a suicidal man and love at first sight. Much better than the wailing, over produced ballad it might have been.