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Single Review: Hurts – Wonderful Life (Arthur Baker Remix) (Vier Musik)

By | Published on Wednesday 6 January 2010


It’s ridiculous to start talking about singles of the year this soon into the new one, but I’d be surprised to hear a much better single than this in the next twelve months, frankly.

Hurts are a Mancunian duo – Adam Anderson and Theo Hutchcraft – both of whom used to be in a group called Daggers, and before that, Bureau. Third time lucky then, they’ve struck on a winning formula – arty, serious electronic pop that should see them (along with fellow Manc electro-poppers Delphic) clean up this year, if we assume that, after the success off Lady Gaga, Little Boots and La Roux, the men and their machines will be the flavour of 2010.

Ultra stylised and impossibly chic and sleek (and that’s just the duo themselves, with their impeccable suits, immaculate hair and razor sharp cheekbones), ‘Wonderful Life’ is a lush, melodramatic angsty synth-pop classic that recalls New Order and Pet Shop Boys at their late 80s imperial best. Arthur Baker’s subtle tweaking gives the song the slightest nod to club culture without it being overbearing, but it still remains a deliciously dance-floor friendly slice of electro-melancholia.

An ‘Enjoy The Silence’ for our times, this is simply reason-for-living perfect pop. MS

Physical release: 18 Jan
Press contact: Bang On [O]

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