‘Happiness’, the debut album from Hurts is finally unleashed this week… for the last eight months we’ve been playing the same five tracks from the album sampler to death, so it’s finally feels good to have the whole collection from Adam and Theo. The recently released single ‘Wonderful Life’ is a good place to start… it is one of many great highlights and the new version of the video is definitely worth a look too…
Other highlights include ‘Sunday’ which is a bittersweet melancholy yet sincere tale of yearning “the loverless nights they seem so long, I know that I’ll hold you someday. But until you come back where you belong, It’s just another lonely Sunday” – lush! ‘Stay’ sounds massive, the sing-a-long chorus aided by a choir is spectacular. ‘Evelyn’ is well-crafted and dramatic whilst debut single ‘Better Than Love’ remains euphoric. The track ‘Devotion’ features Kylie Mingoue and it feels like a heartbeat in the way in which it swells and flexes – turn the lights off, close your eyes and turn it up loud!
‘Happiness’ is a terrific album… it’s beautiful, well thought out, grand and epic sounding as well as being fresh and exciting. Theo’s voice will make you swoon and melt especially on the opening track ‘Silver Lining’ and closing track ‘The Water’. The production is magnificent, the use of choir’s and orchestra’s is magical. The concepts, sounds and themes of the album feel very special, as an entire piece of work it will send shivers down the spine at regular intervals and even throughout repeated listens. The album clearly borrows sounds from what has gone before but utilises these ideas to create a sound that is very modern and one which will transcend time – in other words you’ll still be playing and enjoying this album for years to come.
There is only one downside though, in that the track ‘Happiness’ is excluded from the album, however it is available as a FREE download from Amazon here. YAY! You can listen to the album in full at we7 here.
You can catch Hurts on tour in October – venues and dates include…
Saturday 2nd October – Brighton, Concorde 2
Sunday 3rd October – Leeds, Cockpit
Monday 4th October – Glasgow, Oran Mar
Tuesday 5th October – Manchester, Ritz
Thursday 7th October – Birmingham, HMV Institute
Friday 8th October – Bristol, Trinity
Saturday 9th October – London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire