Hurts

Manchester's ever-growing Hurts peddle their bittersweet synthpop in machete-sharp suits. Their most recent album 'Exile' was rather overblown, suggesting they're aiming to compete with the bombastic likes of Muse. But they're generally able and entertaining enough, summoning nostalgia for the '80s electro of Ultravox and Depeche Mode – and Kylie: they occasionally cover her 'Confide in Me'.
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