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

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by CorgiCorgiCorgi, May 20, 2019.


which album are you rooting for?

  1. Happiness

  2. Exile

  3. Surrender

  4. Desire

  5. Dedicated by Carly Rae Jepsen, out now on iTunes and Spotify

  1. I loved SOS, but while listening to it, I was thinking, what if Hurts covered ABBA’s SOS? Can you even IMAGINE?!
  2. Meryl Streep is shook!
    I imagine it would be the same vibe of Confide In Me, bit more depressive and slow tempo, but I guess the result would be good either way
  3. Fun fact, when voting closed I was so startled by a couple of the top songs that I made my self re-do the entire spreadsheet to make sure I didn't mess it up.
  4. I'm so pleased that Desire has lost quite a few songs already. It's what she deserves.
  5. jtm


    I regret not taking part because Verona did not deserve that.
  6. Next elimination's gonna be delayed a bit because I gotta my computer fixed. Who knew a seven-year-old refurbished laptop would act up occasionally? But there will be 1 or 2 eliminations at some point this weekend, even if I'm phoneposting!
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    52. The Crow (6.075)

    high scores: 9.7 (@berserkboi)
    low scores: 2.6 (@saviodxl)
    Exile loses its first track! The Crow is a bit less memorable than some of Exile's highs - and some of its lows, honestly - so I can see why it got middling scores. And it takes about 3 minutes to really get properly going - for a song with a 5-minute runtime, that is quite risky!

    That being said, it's not a bad song by any means. It's just painfully average, as the sea of 5/6/7s on the spreadsheet prove.

    @londonrain (6) says, "This gives me Chris Isaak vibes." It also reminded me of a different famous Chris - this sounds like a lost Chris Cornell track.

    @berserkboi (9.7) declares it "Great!" and @abael appreciated the "nice respite from the usual bombast of the album."

    @RUNAWAY (5), on the other hand, complains, "jesus I was just literally WAITING for this one to end. The middle of this album is really a CHOICE." @OspreyQueen (8) calls it "gorgeous" but still agrees "it could do with being a minute shorter." And @Reboot (4) winces, "This makes me feel absolutely miserable." A 2019 mood!
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2019
  8. Oh, good. Let's knock out more of the middle of Exile while we're at it.
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    51. Guilt (6.18)
    high scores: 9.9 (@berserkboi)
    low scores: 2 (@saviodxl)
    I'm pretty sure "Guilt - Hurts" is the most frequent note my therapist puts in my file.

    This was one of @abael (7)'s top scores for Exile! "Now this is more like it. If there ever was a compelling ending track or this album, it would be one about how much happier I'll be with its absence." @Reboot (8) agrees somewhat: "I love that this so obviously feels like the last song on the album. It's very pretty."

    @Untouchable Ace (6.6) notes, "You sort of don't notice it's acoustic." Poor @berserkboi (9.7), the highest scorer for both of today's eliminations, dubs it "Heartbreaking!" while @saviodxl (2), the lowest score for both of today's eliminations, declares, "This album's flaw is that it's too long."
    soratami, abael, RUNAWAY and 5 others like this.
  10. Neither Guilt nor The Crow are in the bottom five tracks on Exile, but I guess I'm not too fussed about these going. I agree with @RUNAWAY that the middle of the album is a choice, though...
  11. I am still so distraught over Verona leaving I have not yet processed this! Ddddd
  12. Like I understand Exile is bottom-tier stuff, but these were 2 of the 3 I gave my highest scores to! (I'm not giving anything on it above a 7, and tbh my 7 for Guilt was simply for the fact that it meant the album was over.)
    CorgiCorgiCorgi and londonrain like this.
  13. Mother Nature can leave next, please.
    CorgiCorgiCorgi likes this.
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    50. Mercy (6.25)
    high scores:
    10 (@OspreyQueen @berserkboi)
    low scores: 3 (@VivaForever @londonrain)​

    Another Exile track falls, and I gotta say, I wasn't expecting this one to leave so early! It's one of the more emotional tracks on the album, and it seems very traditionally Hurts to me, just with a slightly more industrial edge.

    @berserkboi (10) is "loving these harder instrumentals against that angelic voice!" Fellow top scorer @OspreyQueen (10) agrees: "Exile has plenty of enormous choruses, but this one in particular is…orgasmic. That moment when the distorted synths smash through the choir always gives me chills."

    @abael (4), on the other hand, says the "music and lyrics just seem mismatched to me."

    You guys didn't have much to say about this one and neither did I so here's Duffy.

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    49. Policewoman (6.27)

    high scores: 9.4 (@berserkboi)
    low scores: 2 (@CasuallyCrazed)​

    This is a song that lots of album reviews highlighted, for better or for worse. For example: "Hutchcraft’s over indulgence renders tracks such as ‘Policewoman’ viscously laden with questionable lyrics and cheesy organ chords." And for another, slightly more positive example, another review said that Policewoman "seems like a strange title to close out an album on. It starts with organ notes, making is sound almost hymnal, and as the song progresses, it seems to be describing a woman with responsibility for keeping the mean streets clear of crime and hoodlums (“when I hear those sirens coming / my iron maiden’s running / to serve and protect my loving”). But it’s got to be more than that, to be about a higher power, something bigger, much as I think is the purpose of ‘Surrender’ as it ends with ominous clanking and what sounds like the words “from the pain” repeated."

    @abael (7) gets us off to a good start with "Yay Fascism!" @Untouchable Ace (7.1) dubs this "their Coldplay moment and for once that's not a good thing because they are channeling the GP just ate up for no good reason."

    @berserkboi (9.4) highlights the "gorgeous instrumental" and reboot (6) says, "I love the melody, but the lyrics are slightly bizarre." And @londonrain (5) says "That ending is... a choice."

    @OspreyQueen (7.5) finishes us off with: "Yes, this is cheesy as fuck. Yes, the policewoman metaphor doesn’t really work. Yes, Theo’s enunciation is frankly bizarre. But despite all that, I like this song. I think it’s actually really sweet."
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2019
  16. What. The. FUCK.

    Mercy is out with the bottom 10??? Y'all decided this dark, jagged masterpiece that literally sounds like the elements chaotically converging in a storm, with one of the best (if not the best) choruses in Hurts's entire discography, was worth less than Thinking Of You, Walk Away, Evelyn, and like a dozen other C-list Hurts songs????????

    The guitarphobia jumped the fuck out.
  17. Mercy going was what I was expecting when it came to early Exile leavers. The Rope/Road next, please. Too soon for Policewoman. Top 30 stuff that.
  18. Far out! This is gonna be the most traumatic result to follow along to it seems! Dddd
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