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Happiness Import

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2010 debut album from the Manchester duo. Earlier this year, the pair (Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson) were singled out by the BBC as one of the Sounds of 2010, and now PopJustice promises that this is 'one of the albums of the year'. RCA.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Silver Lining
  2. Wonderful Life
  3. Blood Tears And Gold
  4. Sunday
  5. Stay
  6. Illuminated
  7. Evelyn
  8. Better Than Love
  9. Devotion - With Kylie Minogue
  10. Unspoken
  11. The Water
  12. Verona


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 2010)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony UK
  • ASIN: B00383UJ2U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,018 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's so frustrating that the best pop music only comes out in Europe and never makes its way to the U.S. these days. I suppose an intelligent, thoughtful, emotionally stirring, electronic pop duo is considered by American record executives to be too shocking for American ears. This band caused quite a stir in the U.K. with their first single "Wonderful Life" and hit #1 on the album charts. Despite comparisons to so many 1980's synth-based artists (Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, etc.), Hurts is thoroughly modern. Icy electronics, chunky dance beats, and warm, melodic vocals are all wrapped up in a sleek, irresistible package. Hurts is the next big thing. Be adventurous- buy this imported album and you'll be the first of all your friends to know about it!
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The fastest selling debut of 2010 in the UK comes preceded by massive press coverage, a sold out UK tour, support from world famous artists, and a word of mouth hype not experienced since the Arctic Monkeys. Who are Hurts, and why the sudden focus on a duo that borrows the 80's stylized aesthetics? As we discover, this time it all may be justified, for a change.

Singer Theo Hutchcraft and synthesizer guru Adam Anderson met at a club in their native Manchester. Their liking of confined landscapes and the somber sound of European bands is an obvious redundancy that needs to be mentioned if their music is to be understood as a means to escape earlier hardships, and their determination to never go back there. Even though they admit to purposely not having listened to other anyone while composing the record to avoid sounding like other bands, they dug way down in the trunk of British tradition, from Tears for Fears and Depeche Mode to Coldplay and Take That, to add modernity to the production.

They aimed to create multidimensional music, that not only plays well on a stereo or a live show but also in a club or anywhere the listener finds themselves drawn to it. Did they succeed? Yes, in part. Happiness is a a mirror image of the two men's impeccable looks, not devoid of emotional power. In the eleven tracks (twelve if you count hidden Verona) they take us on a ride through the darkest effects love and loss have in the human psyche, but despite the burdensome topics it all plays swiftly, thanks to the polished production and often operatic arrangements.

Opening Silver Lining delivers everything that made 80's music appealing: bombastic keyboards, singalong lyrics, soaring choruses, and singles Wonderful Life and Better than love prolong the experience.
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First off, I live in the U.S., which makes it sort of difficult to get this album. You have to buy the physical CD, or wait until the U.S. I-Tunes store catches up to the U.K. store, and actually offers the album for download. Fortunately for me, I am rather old-school and like having the actual physical CD. Yep, I'm over 35.
This album is phenom. It does have a bit of retro 80s flair to it, but not so much that after one or two listens, you feel like throwing the CD out the window and dismissing it as mere 80s copycat crap. 80s influenced? Probably. But is that a good thing? Hell yes! Listening to the CD brings to mind classic OMD, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, and other such 80s greats, but it still has it's own sound. Enough influence to catch your attention, yet enough of it's own merit and style to keep you wanting more.
Do yourself a favor- if you even consider yourself a minor fan of electro-pop, purchase this CD. If you consider yourself a major fan of the electronic/synthpop genre, then this is right up your alley.
You will not be disappointed!
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Hurts come onto the scene with raised expectations. It's hard for any band to live up to "best of '10" press before they've even got an album out. Add to that their stellar reputation from now-defunct pop band Daggers and this album carries with it more baggage than any other this year. To its credit, it offers exactly the type of sound we'd expect from Hurts. That's both a good thing and a bad thing.

1. Silver Lining - A slightly aggressive midtempo that goes big on the drama but a little soft on the melody. The chorus just doesn't soar the way that their best songs do. Would've worked better in a different track position on the album. 8/10

2. Wonderful Life - The single that really defines the Hurts sound. It's moody without being dragged down by a plodding sound. I love the storytelling in the lyrics and the hook is incredibly strong. 10/10

3. Blood, Tears & Gold - A big, lighters-in-the-air ballad that's totally misplaced this early in the album. It's more of a "second half" song, if you know what I mean. Still, one of their best ballads. 9/10

4. Sunday - The kind of soaring uptempo that I hoped would appear at least once on this album. The orchestral flourishes transform this into something quite special. 10/10

5. Stay - Another winner, and the best ballad on the album. If this isn't a hit single, I'll be surprised. It's one of those songs you hear for the first time and know it'll be big. Pop magic. 10/10

6. Illuminated - I've never been very fond of this track. It's one of the moodier songs, but comes and goes without really doing anything. I think I'm in the minority on this one, though. 7/10

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