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  • Audio CD (11 Mar. 2013)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • 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 (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,049 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

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
  11. The Rope
  12. Help
  13. Heaven
  14. Guilt

Disc: 2

  1. Chapter 1
  2. Chapter 2
  3. Chapter 3

Product Description

Product Description

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 Operatic leanings have been replaced by Sandman’s chanting, recalling Red Box’s 1986 hit, For America.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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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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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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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 GRP TOP 500 REVIEWER 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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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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It's always a hard job releasing a second album, when first one is so highly acclaimed, but Hurts have done it and I am pleased to say that it equals, if not surpasses, the brilliant Happiness. Like the first album, there are many influences - the title track Exile has shades of Muse, while Cupid is pure Depeche mode, circa 'Music for the masses' - but again they are just influences. Hurts are their very much their own band. In comparison to the first album, the overall feel is of an album which is a little reigned in, with less of the over top histrionics, but this is in no way is this a watered down album.- indeed, I would say that it has greater depth than Happiness. Now all I need is to see them live, and I'm sure that they will become firmly entrenched as my current favourite band - apparently, they are brilliant. A superb album and no mistake.
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Having loved the debut album and gone to see Hurts live, it was with great anticicpation that i bought the follow up. First impressions, however, have not been good. The album, as you would expect, is very well produced and the vocals are excellent. The one thing that it seems to lack is memorable tunes. I have only listened to the album twice since buying it so I may be a bit unfair. The debut album was SO strong that it was always going to be a tall order to follow it up. It may be a grower, only time will tell. The deluxe version of the album does inlude a short dvd film. It cannot be faulted as far as value for money. It may be a grower. At the moment, this jury is still out.
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