Album: Hurts, Happiness (Sony)

Sunday 05 September 2010 00:00

The portentous solemnity of the Hurts hype would be hilarious were it not for the fact that the dapper duo deserve it.

Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson, formerly of Manchester's underrated Daggers, have made a debut whose keywords are opulence, elegance, dignity and poise. There are echoes of Depeche Mode, but also less cool names (Climie Fisher, Go West). Hurts' world is one where you've always just watched an epic guilty-pleasure tearjerker, and the credits are always just about to roll.

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