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The final show of Hurts’ tour in support of ‘Happiness’ came in November 2011 at Brixton Academy. It was special, a place they’d always wanted to headline: a special end to a special 18 months, that had seen Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson go from dole queue dreamers to bona fide pop stars. They were having the time of their lives, doing what they’d always ... Read more in Amazon's Hurts Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B00AO2TREY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Exile
2. Miracle
3. Sandman
4. Blind
5. Only You
6. The Road
7. Cupid
8. Mercy
9. The Crow
10. Somebody To Die For
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3

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Exile is Hurts’ follow up to their 2010 debut ‘Happiness’. This deluxe format includes two additional tracks and a 30 minute documentary of the bands epic 2012 tour of Russia. This tour saw the band travel to parts of Russia never normally visited by artist, including one of the world’s most contaminated towns, and offers a rare behind-the-scenes experience of the bands live shows.

BBC Review

Things looked promising in 2010 for electro-pop fans when Hurts’ early singles, Wonderful Life and Better Than Love, easily matched the quality of their well-cut suits.

Singer Theo Hutchcraft and keyboardist Adam Anderson arrived fully formed. But electro understatement was ultimately abandoned for theatrical ornamentations, with overblown ballads taking cues from Ultravox's Vienna rather than Tainted Love.

But Exile occupies a murkier world than Hurts’ debut album, Happiness. Operatic leanings have been replaced by Sandman’s chanting, recalling Red Box’s 1986 hit, For America.

Said track’s industrial rock claustrophobia gives way to some surprising beauty. But the fraught Blind quickly returns to familiar Hurts’ territory. It’s so dramatic you can hear the dry ice.

Admirable dedication to touring and promotion has established a fanbase unlikely to be put off by Exile’s po-faced title track. And anthemic single Miracle, reminiscent of Depeche Mode via Coldplay’s Paradise, is likely to appeal to all.

Only You, the sort of song their early days promised, lifts the mood, as they temporarily stop running from sounding too 80s. From its title down, it’s a perfectly poised pop song, with a memorable lyrical hook: “When we used to dance we never cast a shadow.” It’d make a strong second single.

The Road recalls Nine Inch Nails, and is as bleak as expected from a song influenced by Cormac McCarthy’s novel, although its discordant finale tries far too hard.

The standout is a ballad by the name of The Crow. With shades of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, it showcases an intimacy sometimes missing amid this band’s studied grandiosity.

Exile occasionally takes itself so seriously that it’s hard not to smirk. It's a shame, too, that the lyrics so often indulge banal generalities, and its heavy guitars may be cynically aimed at the US market.

But these points aside, this is a second album that genuinely builds upon its predecessor. Exile reinforces the feeling in modern pop that no other group sounds quite as hurt as Hurts.

--Tom Hocknell

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Insight71 on 16 Mar 2013
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Always going to be difficult following such an excellent debut album. Please ignore the negative reviews certain individuals have given Hurts second installment. After a first listen I was not taken but a couple of plays later and yes it's good....even very good considering the high standards set by Happiness. There are added Guitars, choirs etc etc as mentioned before but if you're not humming 'Sandman' after a few plays I'll be surprised. Vocally again spot on which bodes well for the future live shows. They may never get the mainstream play that the music deserves but then anybody who has watched these two guys live and seen the effort they put into the music they produce....wont care a bit. Just remember Depeche Mode could walk down any street in this country without being recognised and have sold over 110 million records........As with DM, Hurts have already conquered Europe and destiny awaits......Buy this excellent second album and enjoy!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Júlio on 12 April 2013
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Hurts made a big deal with their first album 'Happiness' they bring synthpop to life but not the 80's synthpop it's obvious the influence is there but in a new era and for new refresh kind for this generation. After having been certified by British Music Industry and Platinum and Double Platinum in several countries on Europe they put their second album 'Exile' out. As the first record synthpop is there and some kind o nine inche nails + Depeche Mode vibe too. A record who talk about sex and dirtier ways, guilty, vices with stunnig guitar all across the record and incredibile vocal performance by the vocalist Theo with a new and creative way to use synthesizers in songs that manage to transform the culture of Manchester into something commercial with quality not a cheap one. They did what had to be done at a time when the artists do not challenge themselves by fear. Believe me, if you're a fan of pop music and want to hear something famous, commercial, addictive but at the same time with a whole meaning to exist and hard work behind it, this is the album. Let you learn something new, this is quality pop and I'm sure this album will sell better than the previous and break new records. I'm not talking as a fan I'm talking as a person who knows to regonize comercial musica with quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Mar 2013
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Hurts are a band that come in for criticism that is both harsh and, in my opinion, slightly unfair. Their overblown dramatics seem to stick in the gullet of some people but I personally don't mind, it is good to see something different.

And Hurts are, if nothing else, different from the cookie cutter R'n'B 'tear up da club' nonsense currently dominating the charts.

Yes, Hurts will not be getting grammys for their ability to write heartfelt lyrics, some of them verge on pubescent poetry but with the combination of gargantuan tunes, U2 style guitars and inspired keyboards, they make something of more grandeur than they are generally supposed to.

Exile continues where Happiness left off, the textures in here are a little darker, the 80's styling cues unmistakable, from chanting children to stadium sized guitars and precisely timed drum machines.

The pomp and circumstance are in full flow, the drama wrung from every nuance.

I dig it, Hurts are cool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan A. Geoghegan on 25 Mar 2013
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A really great follow up to "happiness" this will not disappoint anyone who loved/liked "happiness " can't wait to see what the come up with next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grahame on 16 Mar 2013
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You need to listen to this album to fully appreciate it. It does not have the same immediate impact as their first album, but is just as good, you need to give it time and it needs several listening's to fully appreciate the songs and music. Tracks 2, 10, 11 and 12 are brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. K. Boers on 24 Nov 2013
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Exile is exceptional! It is clear that Theo has been training his voice; the clarity, strength and confidence that comes through on the songs is incredible! The songs on this album are 'fuller' and have more depth than those on Happiness (which I also adore). Superb album.
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By C. Snape on 8 Mar 2014
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Great item. I love these guys (great live too). I'm a big fan of a-ha and after the guys split in 2010 and after following them for 25 years, the word gutted was an understatement, I didnt expect any other band to grab me again. However on hearing Hurts I was certainly intridged and I love their music. I sure hope the guys make it big over here. Theo's voice and the melodies are moving and all but a joy to listen too. Some people prefer their first album, but I love this just as much. They remind me of a-ha and depeche mode put together (another band I like). Keep up the good work guys!
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Really liked a lot of the songs on this second album by Hurts although it didn't quite hit the same mark as their debut album. Saying that though, if you enjoyed their first album you will definitely still want to hear this.
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