Blood, Tears & Votes: The Hurts Discography Rate. WE HAVE A WINNER

which album are you rooting for?


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Hello.

For the last 10 years, Hurts have been blessing us with orchestral sadbangers and synthpop bangers. Yet they've never had a single album in a PopJustice rate... that is, until now, when we're rating all four of them (and a couple of one-off featured tracks)!

You know the drill: give each song a score of 0.0-10.0, with 0 being the worst and 10 being the best. Feel free to use decimal points if you’re having trouble deciding. You also have the option of giving an 11 to your favorite song.

Commentary is encouraged, but not mandatory. If you want to vote first, then send in your commentary closer to the deadline, that is 100% okay!

Send me your votes via DM. Voting will be open for 6 weeks - your scores are due Monday, July 8, 2019, 11:59 PM BST. I really hope that online timer works.

Let's get to the albums, shall we?

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HAPPINESS

"Only a joyless weirdo could deny that these are fearsomely well-crafted songs, as clean-lined and immaculate as a well-cut suit." -NME

"There’s no ambiguity in these words (...) there isn’t one track on the record that doesn’t wear its heart on its sleeve." -PopMatters

"If there’s one epithet to describe this album, it’s "grandiose". No opportunity is spared to slip in a choir (in the Black-esque opener Silver Lining they could be rehearsing Mozart’s Requiem) or a chorus that demands a flame thrower." -BBC


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EXILE

"on close personal terms with magnificence" -The Independent

"nobody does bittersweet, post-disco comedown anthems like Hurts" -AllMusic
"Luckily, (Theo) Hutchcraft and keyboardist Adam Anderson are also endowed with that other pomp-rock characteristic--a gift for striding, anthemic choruses that turn even the most overwrought songs into unshakeable earworms" -The Guardian
"his yearning ennui can't bring down the track's pulsating, flamenco-steeped house beat" -AllMusic

"Though the duo sometimes return to the comparative safety of moping synthetic orchestras, and soul-reflecting mirrors lying conveniently on the Camberwell Road pavement, for the most part, there’s a new sense of fun to Hurts." -DIY Magazine
"an album packed with skyscraping highlights" -NME
"Desire is the sound of a group who have thoroughly found themselves and sees them standing supremely confident" -The Line of Best Fit

"while past albums mined emotions like heartbreak, fear, and isolation, Desire is characterized by optimism and joy, like a neon love letter to the band's fans." -AllMusic
"so hook-heavy it all becomes slightly manic and terrifying" -Irish Times

PM-friendly list:
HAPPINESS
Silver Lining
Wonderful Life
Blood, Tears & Gold
Sunday
Stay
Illuminated
Evelyn
Better Than Love
Devotion (feat. Kylie Minogue)
Unspoken
The Water
Verona
Mother Nature
Happiness
Affair
All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day

EXILE
Exile
Miracle
Sandman
Blind
Only You
The Road
Cupid
Mercy
The Crow
Somebody To Die For
The Rope
Help
Heaven
Guilt

SURRENDER
Surrender
Some Kind Of Heaven
Why
Nothing Will Be Bigger Than Us
Rolling Stone
Lights
Slow
Kaleidoscope
Wings
Wish
Perfect Timing
Weight of the World
Policewoman
S.O.S.

DESIRE
Beautiful Ones
Ready To Go
People Like Us
Something I Need To Know
Thinking Of You
Wherever You Go
Chaperone
Boyfriend
Walk Away
Wait Up
Spotlights
Hold on to Me
Magnificent

OTHER STUFF
Under Control (feat. Calvin Harris and Alesso)
Ecstasy (feat. Calvin Harris)

I will be making a Spotify playlist once I can make Spotify playlists again. Until then, here is their artist page on Spotify.

So remember, PM me your votes by Monday, July 8, 2019, 11:59 BST!

edit: updated to add deadline extension
 
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I'm working on my scores already, and I desperately wish I could give out two 11s.

I don't know whether I should give my 11 to a) the song that I personally consider in my top 10 of all time or b) give my 11 to the song that I have a feeling will actually win this and also happens to be the song that I always look forward to most when I see them live.
 

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