LIVE REVIEW: Hurts

Worth a look?: ***1/2

Where: Scala

When: 16/6/15

Setlist: Surrender; Some Kind Of Heaven; Miracle; Somebody To Die For; Rolling Stone; Evelyn; Nothing Will Be Bigger Than Us; Weight Of The World; Blood, Tears and Gold; Wonderful Life; Sunday; Better Than Love; Illuminated; Stay.

A 12-strong choir joins Theo Hutchcraft and a newly bearded Adam Anderson on stage for their 1st London gig for 20 months.

1st song Surrender is the title track from Hurts’ 3rd album (out 9/10) and the vibe is pure Like A Prayer-era Madonna. There were only four other new songs during the band’s 14-strong set and next up was new single Some Kind Of Heaven (out now, above) which has divided fans.

Is the new material pop after the melancholy of acclaimed debut album Happiness and misery of follow-up Exile? It’s hard to tell and, if anything, just to muddy the waters new material Nothing Will Be Bigger Than Us and Weight Of the World (below) sound more like 2013 number 1 Under Control with Calvin Harris and Alesso.

Latest single Rolling Stone is much more of a nod to that 1st album, its theatrical storytelling and melancholy mood.

The acoustic singalong to Blood, Tears and Gold will have reassured the fans but monstagigz wanted to see more of the gospel choir and less of the back catalogue before being properly excited for the new album. A solid return but could do better.

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