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Goodbye to the Machine

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  • On their 3rd album, HURT shines even brighter. This record is solid from the first to the last song. The beautiful thing about this cd is the diversity it has.

    Lyrically it is top notch as well as musically. I am a huge fan of this band, and while I loved their first 2 cds, this CD surpasses them. To me, that was a difficult feat since Vol 1 and 2 are two of my favorite cds.

    Some favorites on this disc would be Pandora, Dreams Away, That (Such a Thing), Pills and Fighting Tao.

    Go pick it up or get it digitally. You won’t be disappointed.

    Posted on February 20, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Very nice mix of songs, and the more I listen to it the more I like it. The more rockin’ tunes ‘Wars’ and ‘Fighting Tao’ are probably my highlights. However ‘Dreams Away’ and ‘World Ain’t Right’ are other notables along with the more melodic ‘Sweet Delilah’.

    My only small critique being a fan of Vol I and Vol II the songs here don’t blend as well, thus there’s not that nice flow from track 1 to 12 its a little more disjointed. However I understand it was recorded in analog and here I am listening to the mp3, and not the LP. :)

    Posted on February 20, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • As a long time HURT fan I was of course a little skeptical when I heard J say they wanted to try a new sound. But after listening to this CD many times I have come to the conclusion that it is exactly what was needed. It has just enough of that original HURT sound from Vol. 1 and 2 to keep it familiar but branches off in so many different directions from there to keep it new and interesting. Why this band does not have a greater following is beyond me. As for the CD i can only whole-heartedly recommend it.!

    Posted on February 20, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • It has to be hard for a band to be dropped from their previous label which causes two of its members to bail, and to still release an album, all recorded in analog on cassette tapes. I believe Hurt has triumphed not only in releasing an album after getting thrown out on the street, but also in the diversity in their new sound. Gone are most of the heavy riffs but welcome are the melodic and and deep sounds. I think that it is great for a band to be evolving, especially in a world like this with pitiful bands like nickelback, hinder, saliva, etc… insert crappy band here. J. Loren is so talented that anything they release is amazing, and the only reason they got thrown out is because they are too creative and did not succumb to the power teet of the capitol records. end of story….

    Posted on February 20, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Big Fan of Hurt here. I gave the album 5 stars because it is in my opinion very very good, with a high level of musicianship, and different, and diverse, although I do not think the album is perfect (I like the hard songs to be a bit harder). But it is so different, and good in so many ways, that I do think it deserves 5 stars… despite some flaws. The best way I can describe it is that it is a perfectly flawed thing of majesty. And where it is excellent, it is better than any rock in this world, and where it is not excellent, it is still very good, and you just sort of feel that maybe you need to give it just a little more time.

    What makes this undeniably Hurt is that “Goodbye to the Machine” really wraps itself around you, and this is just something unique to Hurt… Their music simply does not let go of you. For example Pills and Dreams Away have these great hooks, and are bordering on being pretty commercial in my opinion, but they are not necessarily so when you really listen to them and absorb them. Got Jealous and Role Martyr X and Fighting Tao, and even Wars and Well, are each outstanding in their own right. These are some really brilliant songs.

    I just have this feeling that this will sit in my car or stereo for months, because I just think it is another outstanding entry in the Hurt catalogue. And I honestly believe I am going to need a few hundred more listens to fully appreciate this offering. Some might say you shouldn’t have to listen to it so much to get that, but any real fan of Hurt knows what I mean. It just is that way. You invariably are moved more each time you listen.

    Production quality is very good for analog, but I do prefer the more polished production that marked their previous efforts.

    I recommend this album highly.

    Posted on February 19, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now