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Goodbye to the Machine

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A New Direction

Saying goodbye to Capitol records has opened up new doors for Hurt, and it could not be more clear that they're happy to use them on this album. So here's my breakdown of GTTM: Got Jealous - 10/10. Great album opener that tells you to expect new things on this album. J. Loren's vocals have never been more honest than in the last half of this song. Would make a good single. Pandora - 10/10. My personal favorite. Probably the best track instrumentally, not to say that the vocals aren't great. Possibly my favorite guitar riff from Paul Spatola, and the new members Rek & Louie really make the rhythm section shine. The piano and violin ending is beautiful. Wars - 9/10. A good choice for a single, but easily not one of my favorites on this album. Strong song. World Ain't Right (Feat. Shaun Morgan) - 8.5/10. The song has some great emotion to it and a great story behind it, but for me it was just lacking something. Shaun's vocals work well with J.'s. Sweet Delilah - 10/10. This one stood out to me on my first listen. Really beautiful song, easy to digest. Expert acoustic work by Paul and really cool drum panning and effect early in the song. 1331 - 10/10. Surprise! This song is so different from anything Hurt's done. The upbeat style at the beginning of the song with throw you off if you're familiar with Hurt's old work. The song is dedicated to J.'s old mentor and the lyrics are absolutely beautiful. THE CLIMAX!!! Possibly the most amazing moment on the album, I get goosebumps every time I hear it and no song has ever done that to me on every listen. Role Martyr X - 9.5/10. I rated this song a 9.5 instead of an 8.5 or a 9 because it is so expertly done. It's not one of my favorite songs, but it's a really cool song and really shows off what Hurt can do. Well - 10/10. One of the coolest songs on here. Rek shines on Bass, and the dirty blues guitar work by Paul is perfect for the song. Really cool intro., and some very good lyrics about some hard times. Pills - 8.5/10. My least favorite on the album, but I still love it. Probably has the most radio friendly sound of any song on here, and I catch myself singing it randomly. It's definitely grown on me since my first listen, but still probably my least favorite. Dreams Away - 10/10. The first time I listened I felt oddly disappointed by it after hearing the live version so many times, but I realized it was just because I was used to another version of it. This is a great song with really amazing lyrics and a sound that would probably appeal to a broad range of fans of rock. Fighting Tao - 10/10. Another personal favorite, this song is explosive. Expert playing and singing on all accounts here and a face-melting violin solo during the bridge! That (Such A Thing) - 10/10. Really gorgeous song in a similar vein to Sweet Delilah. Up there with 1331 for most moving lyrics on the album. I believe this is a song that nearly ANYONE can appreciate. Flowers [Hidden Track] - 10/10. I love it! A solid song meets J.'s great sarcastic sense of humor! I won't give away anything, I'll leave it for you to discover when you get the album. :)

Get over it nay-saying Hurt fans

As I've read other reviews, I remember being a little worried about the release of Hurt's new album as I am extremely attached to Volume I and II. Why was I worried? The reason Vol. 1 and 2 were such a success in the hearts of the most passionate HURT fans is because the music spoke to us. We weren't looking for it; it came to us when we heard it. If you're a fan of those two albums like I am, every song provokes emotions and each song is special. We were ignorant of each song until we established our deep feeling towards them and then they seem to take on an indestructible presence. It seems highly unlikely for Hurt to be able to do that again with the next album, doesn’t it? We have set expectations, which is simply unfair. It would be nearly impossible to replicate what Vol. 1 and 2 have done without just replicating them (would an inventive band like Hurt do that?). Sure, Goodbye to the Machine is different from their other albums but I feel at least we have a small obligation to really understand the music within this new album -- find the ways it speaks to us. We should rediscover it as we discovered HURT for the first time. I ALWAYS prefer inventiveness over banality, and I think we call ALL respect that. Hurt is what it is, not what you want it to be. And, at the end of the day, I think Hurt has done what they do best: creating beautiful and emotional music that transcends mundane acceptability and connects with the soul in a hurt sort of way. This album is no exception. FIVE stars.

Outstanding on its own merit

It is very frustrating to read reviews of album when bands change their style. This is not Vol. 3 for good reason. Most of the songs from the Volumes were written around the time of The Consumation six years ago. Taking that into consideration, a style shift is to be expected. I'll admit, I was disappointed initially, hoping to hear something dark and gloomy like HURT's last two efforts. But what the album IS is far more important. I think diverse is the best word to sum up the album. While songs like Got Jealous, Well, and Fighting Tao are great tracks that continue in the dark HURT tradition, other tracks venture into new territory. Pills and Dreams Away are two tracks that sound as if they could be written by an Alt-rock band like Jimmy Eat World or Mae (from me, that is not an insult). The guitars are upbeat. Pandora has another alternative vibe to it, more in line with the Killers. And That (such a thing) is a mellow acoustic piece that reminds me of Red House Painters. The strength of HURT has always been the songwriting. A great songwriter is a great songwriter, and J. Loren excels here in a variety of different styles. I mentioned my initial disappointment in the style change. But those more upbeat alt-rockers have become my some of my favorite tracks. Go figure. Paul Spatola really puts his talent on display here as well. His piano work plays a very important part in a number of songs. The rhythm section is tasteful and well done- though unspectacular. Overall- to a person with broad tastes, this album is fantastic. But if you're looking for a more specific sound, this Goodbye to the Machine likely won't do it for you.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Hard rockers J. Loren and Evan Johns met after Johns' producer father, Andy, heard Loren on a demo tape and was intrigued by the singer's voice. Upon hearing that Loren was looking for a drummer, Andy Johns arranged for the two young musicians to get in touch, and they quickly found that they played well together. Soon guitarist Paul Spatola and bassist Joshua Ansley joined (though Loren also plays guitar and violin for the band and Johns adds piano) and...
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