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Hurts: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Ian Gittins, The Guardian, 10 October 2010

WITH GEORGE OSBORNE channelling the economic policies of Geoffrey Howe, Manchester duo Hurts appear equally enamoured of the ways of the early 1980s. Their fixation lies with that era's new romantic synth-pop, a music of melodramatic electronic rhythms, glacial keyboard lines and an obsessive quest for edgy, exotic glamour.

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