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Single Review: Hurts – Sunday

 
By on Monday, 28th February 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

Electropop duo Hurts, who have just won the ‘Best New Band’ award from the NME Awards last week, are preparing to hit the charts with their upcoming single ‘Sunday’, released today. With a heavily-synthed intro, ‘Sunday’ is one of my favourite tracks from their debut album ‘Happiness’. I still remember clearly the first time I have ever heard of this song – a poorly recorded live version from one of the first gigs Hurts ever played. In less than a year’s time, the studio version was out. It is more energetic and very radio-friendly. My guess is that Radio1 is going to give ‘Sunday’ a fair amount of plays.

The lines ‘Maybe we’ll see that we were wrong, if ever we look back one day / until you come back where you belong / it’s just another lonely Sunday’ have me captivated. The emotions-filled lyrics from Hurts never cease to stir one’s feelings. Sometimes when I sit at home alone on a Sunday, I relate to this song a lot. The B-side of the 7” version is a remix by Seamus Haji; I’d call this remix ‘the more dancier Sunday’. There are bits in this remix which reminded me of Pet Shop Boys, the legendary electroduo that a lot have been comparing Hurts. The beats and the bass have gone from heavy to light and give the song a more laid back sound. Also included is another B-side ‘Live Like Horses’.

Another part of the ‘Sunday’ package, is the promo video using the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, but telling it in a modern way. ‘Don’t look back’ appears to be its main motto. In the myth, Orpheus (in the video, singer Theo Hutchcraft) was separated from Eurydice (the woman he’s holding in his arms in the video) by death. He was allowed to go to the underworld and rescue her with his music. But he had to promise not to look back until they have reached the upper world. Orpheus looked back and then he lost Eurydice forever. In the video, there’s even a sign telling the audience not to look back. It fits the song pretty well, as the song seems to be a regret of past actions or things done. All in all, a good bundle.

9/10

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3BvW56tjB0[/youtube]

‘Sunday’, the new single from Hurts, is out today on Major Label / Sony.

 

(Holiday) Single Review: Hurts – All I Want for Christmas is New Year’s Day

 
By on Monday, 20th December 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

The Manchester electro-pop duo Hurts have gained success from their hits ‘Better Than Love’ and Wonderful Life’ and received much positive feedback from critics from their debut album released in September. But now it’s December, which is the time of year various artists release Christmas-related songs, and Hurts is no exception. Released on the 14th of December as a free digital download, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day’ paints a vivid image of a Christmas card in your mind. Regardless of geographic restrictions, you can see the snowy white imagery in your mind. Beginning with a string of ringing bells, the song is then joined by vocals and synths. The song expresses hope towards the next year, a similar encouraging effect as was seen with ‘Wonderful Life’.

But one thing I do not like about this song is that I find it a little too repetitive. It seems to me that Hurts have a tendency of repeating choruses in their songs (‘Wonderful Life’, ‘Better Than Love’, ‘Affair’). That same magic does not seem to work in this case. Instead, I find it repulsive this time. My reaction might be also caused by the repetitive ringing of bells in the background. We all expect Christmas songs like this to be cliche; however, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day’, interestingly, has a slight twist. Rather than putting the focus on Christmas Day, Hurts have put theirs on New Year’s Day – I reckon that as pioneering?

You can check out the video for ‘All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day’ below. If you have been following Hurts for a while, it is not hard to spot a few characters who have previously appeared in their past videos, except for this time, they all gather together in the snow. This is a generally pleasing radio-friendly single. My comment to them, though – Hurts, never again. They are better at writing emotional pop songs rather than Christmas songs, which are a dime a dozen.

6.5/10

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05J79Y8zQTw[/youtube]

‘All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day’ is already getting airplay on Radio1 but you can purchase it exclusively on iTunes.

 
 
 

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