Album: Hurts, Exile (Epic)

 

In which suave synth duo Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson take things in a darker and heavier direction.

With lyrics about sadism, sickness, possessiveness and envy, Exile employs greater variety than Happiness, from acoustic piano to – shock – what sounds like electric guitar, but without sacrificing any of the grandeur. It's often reminiscent of Soft Cell or late 1980s Depeche Mode. It's on close personal terms with magnificence.

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