Manchester, UK electro-pop duo Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson known by Hurts finally released their debut album 'Happiness' on monday september 6th. 'Happiness' delivers pretty much what has been promised from leaked tracks and singles - Synthpop that is both elegant and enigmatic sounds. Aside from 80s revival issue, Hurts present a striking contrast to the glow-in-the-dark pop stars who have been ruined the charts of late. Listening to Wonderful Life and Blood, Tears, and Gold, take me back to an era when U2 didn't suck and Depeche Mode was still a mainstream force. Sunday maybe is the only track that define brighter moment on this album, whilst Stay build an enigmatic experience and cinematic visual when u heard it, especially when the gospel choir play the part . Illuminated track somehow more like 'One Republic' sounds that i didn't like, maybe this is kind of commercial song from this album. Same as like illuminated, Better Than Love is kind of mainstream that have been unfairly overlooked by many, but there is an exceptional for the clip, i'm in love with it. Devotion ft. Kylie Minogue will do wonders for the duo in terms of exposure but alas, but whatever people have said, i still love Kylie contribution on this track expecially the ending part. Unspoken and Water, both are my favourite tracks angular with the previous single that has been leaked. Hurts could be bring another era of electronic sounds and images on this day, despite they have been criticize through this album. But overall this album is more than worth it to listen up, especially if u want to reminisce Duran Duran, Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys era.
This is a complete list of track that i recommend you to hear from this album :
1. Wonderful Life
2. Blood, Tears and Gold
5. Better Than Love
"This video is one of the most beautiful music clip I've ever seen on this day. Beautiful song, people, location, clothes, just perfect. The cinematography was brilliant as well. Their classic image suits the early 2000’s Dior Homme style when Hedi Slimane was the head designer. This is a beautiful mix of music and fashion"
Note : Hedi Slimane recently shoot Hurts for Dazed & Confused, and my opinion soon they will appear on Vogue Homme Cover or i-D's editorial :)