The album opens on an anthemic note with standout single “Beautiful Ones”; speaking directly to anyone who has ever identified as an outsider, the startlingly uplifting tune instantly conveys a positive tone that threads throughout the remainder of the album. The catchy and contemporary “Ready to Go” follows in the same vein with the kind of sun-kissed, easy on the ears sound that will see them soar.
“People Like Us” provides a pulsating, pounding rhythm that never lets up whilst smart and ear-catching lyrics take centre stage. The duo sound remarkably similar to Californian sisters Haim on “Thinking Of You” with glossy beats and deceptively soft and simple vocals..
Manchester duo Hurts, consisting of Adam Anderson and Theo Hutchcraft, have always been rather intriguing. Like Everything Everything they can be difficult to place in the music landscape. Are they arty and different? Or are they mainstream.
Hurts have always been a difficult group to pin down, not least because they’ve shape-shifted considerably between records to this point. The Manchester duo’s debut, ‘Happiness’, was a deliciously dark electronic affair, one that owed a considerable debt to the noir-pop stylings of Depeche Mode - particularly on towering singles like ‘Wonderful Life’ and ‘Stay’. They went further down that rabbit hole, with mixed results, on 2013’s ‘Exile’, during promotion for which frontman Theo Hutchcraft claimed Nine Inch Nails to be an unlikely inspiration..