7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The impressive debut album,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Hurting (Audio CD)
I readily admit to being a huge TFF fan, and played this album religiously upon it's release in 1983. For well over a year it was like my musical bible, each track being a masterpiece. Sadly, once their second album came out in 1985, this album became pretty obsolete for me. Although still strongly tuneful, I began to see the album as "the inferior earlier work" with it's sixth-form poetry style lyrics and constant doom-laden atmospherics. Many years later, I can now look at the album far more objectively and although I dont consider it to be their best work, it still stands as a highly impressive debut. I can even reconcile what I once condemned as 'sixth form poetry' and accept that Roland and Curt were both relatively very young when this album was written and recorded and went onto produce bigger and better works in their career. I also recognise that I, myself, was getting older as the album got older (I was 14 when it was released), and that my tastes had perhaps developed beyond it with maturity. Even so, the TFF debut was far more mature and intelligent than most artists can produce in their late teens/early 20's. Once I bear all of this in mind, I would say that The Hurting is a classic album of it's era and well worth buying if you loved the fabulous three hit singles it spawned. Although much of the album will have a pretty dated feel to it now, the final track (Start Of The Breakdown) retains a feeling of intrigue even now, and is probably the best and most mature of their earlier songs. The remastered editon of this CD with it's extra tracks makes this a deal-clinching bargain, certainly so for the superior 12" extended version of their third hit, Pale Shelter.