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2011 debut album from this Hard Rock band led by Extreme frontman Gary Cherone. In Hurtsmile, Gary has teamed up with his brother Mark to write his most succinct record to date. The self-titled album is a raw sonic sucker punch in the face! From the opening buzz saw riff of 'Just War Theory' to the epic finale of 'Slave' and 'Beyond The Garden/Kicking Against the Goads', Gary continues to push and poke you in the ear with his lyrically provocative themes reminiscent of Extreme's critically acclaimed III Sides to Every Story.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 15, 2011)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers Records
  • ASIN: B004DWKOFM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Dean R. Doherty on February 16, 2011
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A great album with some phenomenal rocking !guitar work, Cherone showing some of his DYLAN appreciation . Bits of it have a EXTREME sound to it of course , well written with lyrics that are typical Cherone .

He even sounds like JOHNNY ROTTEN on war theory

It also has a slight TRIBE OF JUDAH sound to it , with the effects on his voice ,( a trully under appreciated album)

Its a a very good album with cherone at his best , i dont know wht he was doing singing on VH3 terrible , maybe he took lessons off ED VAN HALEN.

If u have liked any of cherones work , u will love this !!
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Garry Cherone returns with a new musical project called Hurtsmile that mixes all his influences into a good quality rock record that should satisfy both his fans and fans of Extreme. The production on the album is excellent and the vocal harmonies are awesome. Guitar duties are handled by Cherone's brother who is a great player though not in the same league as Nuno but hey who is! The feel of the album may be a bit too varied for some fans but it is Garry's side project so I guess he can do what he wants. Highlights include the rocking riffs of opener "Just War Theory", the dark funk groove of "Stillborn", the Extreme influenced sounds of "Kaffur" and "Slave", and the quality ballad "Beyond The Garden". Despite failing to deliver a classic album, Hurtsmile is a very eclectic set that allows Garry Cherone to keep his musical appetite satisfied while he waits for Nuno to return with a new Extreme album.
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It's a shame that this awesome album with superior production (something very rare these days with the whole focus being on making the $15 earbud sound good) is ranked 148,000th+ in sales on here. Plain pathetic that music this good can be allowed to fly under the radar time and time again. How on earth is this possible???

If you are at all a fan of Gary Cherone or Extreme or even Nuno for that matter, this is a MUST BUY!
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For those who know Gary Cherone from Extreme and his brief stint at Van Halen, this album is a great addition to his catalogue of work. For everyone else, this is hard hitting rock album with a lot of punk elements that wouldn't look out of place on a Sex Pistols album, but without the sneering! There are some softer moments, particularly 'Painter Paint' which is almost folk in it's composition, with mostly acoustic instruments and some lovely harmonies.

There are some political messages in many of the songs, especially 'kaffur' and the album's closer, 'The Murder Of Daniel Faulkner' which tells the story of a murdered policeman from his and his family's perspective rather than focusing on the crime itself.

Gary's brother, Mark, provides the guitar work and he more than compete's with Gary's other bandmate, Nuno, for technical ability, but his style of playing is much more 'gritty' and harder than any of Extreme's work.

There are some low points, such as 'Tolerance Song', which seems too angry for its own good, and 'Jesus would you meet me' which doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the album.

On the whole though, I would whole-heartedly recommend this album to any rock fans but particularly those who wish Extreme would be more prolific as this more than bridges the gap until their next offering.
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Anyone whose listened to any Extreme or Gary piece since 1995 will hear all the familiar themes of struggle with faith, war, and identity which seem to be at the core of everything Gary writes. They will also get a diverse sampling of his talent here-from funk metal to gospel-rock. Not as industrial as TOJ, but worthy of multiple listens.
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Hurt smile is not to far off extreme yet they do sound different ,i had to listen to this cd twice before i believed what i heard.This cd has differnt sounds from punk on just war theory ,to bob dyland ,to gospell rock on beyond the garden ,this cd is well written and played.The standouts are just war theory ,still born ,set me free ,slave and beyond the garden.If you like extreme buy this record gary cherone ,and his brother ,and hurtsmile wont dissapoint you.I hope this review was helpfull to you
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