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NFO generated on.....: 3/26/2006 9:50:11 PM
With only their first album, Hurt have proven to be a tremendously talented band, with tons of potential. And, like many talented bands, classifying them is very difficult. One might refer to them as grunge, alternative, numetal, maybe even progressive metal, but the truth is that they have a sound that is very much their own (I personally hate terms like "numetal" and "post grunge", especially when applied to bands that are actually good). Frontman J. Loren, who is a classically trained violinist well-versed in Vivaldi, brings a very stylish and unique approach to the band's sound, which I might clumsily describe as a blend of Tool, the Cure, and tastefully done (read: not cheesy) classical elements. Not to mention that Loren also has a very distinctive, emotionally powerful, and downright awesome voice.
The great thing about this album is its dynamics. This is the kind of thing that, with a lesser band, might become boring and monotonous, but these guys are tremendous songwriters who really know how to keep a song interesting. The whole album is full of subtle, intricate layers, brilliant rise and fall, and killer atmospheres. Chief among those are the mesmerizing ballad "Falls Apart", the hugely epic "Overdose" (which could almost pass as an outtake from "Disintegration"), and the more vicious "Rapture" and "Forever". The two acoustic tracks, "Cold Inside" and "Danse Russe", are fantastic as well, especially the latter, with its warm folky intonations and beautiful classical guitar outro. "Dirty" is consummate melodic rock with a powerful chorus, and "Shallow" and "House Carpenter" are excellent openers and closers, respectively.
The musicianship is uniformly great, as is the interplay between the musicians, and the way that they perfectly complement Loren's vocals. The music is complex and sophisticated, but never ostentatious. The lyrics are both intelligent and emotional, without ever being crude or over the top. Stylistically, they have a sound that is familiar, but never derivative. And, the violins are super cool too. And once again, Loren's vocals are awesome.
Simply put, this is a perfect debut. I can't wait to hear what this band will do next. After I heard the songs "rapture" and "falls apart" I knew I had to buy this cd. This is probably my favorite album!!!. Coming completely out of left field, what do we have here? A bold, diverse and original debut album. You may not know of Hurt yet, but you soon might. What "Vol. 1" brings to the table are detailed, textured songs that are often beautiful and bleak at the same time. Influences are abundant. Some will hear a prominant Tool influence at first, but it goes deeper than that. Make no mistake, Hurt are not your run-of-the-mill cookie-cutter act.
If you already know them from their unconventional first single, "Rapture," then you kind of know what to expect. To put it simply, Hurt don't fit in any category. Sure, they could share the stage with hundreds and thousands of different bands, but to nail their style down to a genre is useless. Songs like "Overdose" and the engaging opening track, "Shallow" make great use of orchestral pieces and truly help Hurt stand out among their peers. "Forever" is probably the hardest song on the album, but not aggressive, which is exactly what you can describe Hurt as. They have an edge. They are a bit heavy, but not really. They aren't aggressive. Not angsty. They are emotional without going emo. How many bands can pull off such a trick?
Hurt's debut is an incredible and professional piece. I think all rock fans could find something to appreciate here. It's not an instant hit for sure. It's a spacey, more mature rock album, and it definitely takes a few good listens to sink in. Surely, they aren't just "another one of those bands." It's hard to find music that is simply pure. A band that offers something new is tough to come by, so don't pass up some Hurt.