Friday, January 04, 2013

Hurts' new single Miracle: let's not get carried away

I've LOVED kings of '10s moody pop Hurts from day one. Their debut album Happiness is still one of my favorites of the last few years. 

One thing I like about bands: when they release new music.
One thing I don't like about bands: when they release disappointing new music.

The new Hurts single, Miracle, is not bad per se. It's just happening in a post-Mylo Xyloto (Coldplay's latest album) world. I'd be surprised if Chris Martin's band didn't give Theo & the other guy from Hurts a call to discuss royalties. Miracle just sounds like a mashup of Princess Of China and Paradise, though let's be honest things could have been worse: Hurts could have enlisted Rita Ora for a duet. 

Previous "buzz" track (which made no "buzz" at all) The Road was already a let-down now the new single just sounds like the result of an A&R brainstorming named "how do we make Hurts a proper mainstream act?". This new album of theirs, Exile (out March 11) better be more Hurts-y.

I'm disappointed and a bit angry. An totally hungover, which isn't helping.

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