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Hurts: Heaven, London

Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 10 February 2013

ONE THING IN HURTS' FAVOUR is that they're no bandwagon-jumpers — here's one band who will never sully their glaciated synth-pop by lobbing in a dubstep drop. Having found their calling as makers of music that could have been recorded in 1982, this Manchester twosome haven't deviated from it — their new album, Exile, so precisely recreates the New Romantic era that it's almost parodical.

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