The Word On: Happiness, Hurts

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The Independent Culture

"Almost as retro as Roland Rat in a Frankie T-shirt eating a Wispa, but far, far more elegant... Style and gravitas are all very well – if Hurts could also have been consistent with the substance, 'Happiness' would have trounced its 80s counterparts and many of its contemporaries, too."

"It's this capacity to write immediately affecting songs coupled with an effortless cool that will see Hurts catapulted towards stardom."

"Would surely be better if they committed to one or the other: either a genuinely enjoyable electro-pop act, or a band capable of sloughing their trendy trappings to the point they could write a song as transcendentally earnest as 'Back For Good' or 'Stay Another Day'. For now they are, in essence, a couple of slightly confusing men dressed as Nazis."