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Hurts Surrender

The problem with Hurts – and for many people this is far from a problem – is that they’re just so po-faced and serious about everything. There’s more bubblegum pop hooks and anthemic sing-a-longs packed into their third album Surrender than most pop acts release in their whole careers. But they’re smothered by sincerity and gospel choirs. They SHOULD be a shiny fun electropop band, but they’ve done the musical equivalent of making everything gluten-free. Tracks like Why could be a balls-to-the-wall pop banger, just like Nothing Will Be Bigger Than Us, which ends up being a bit New Order – when with just a bit of tweaking it could be as good, or bad depending on your view, as Mel C’s I Turn To You. Admittedly, they’re catering for a more adult crowd, envisioning a fan base with fold up bikes and briefcases, rather than ones scrawling “I 3 THEO” on their pencil cases. But still… There’s so much joy in Hurts, yet it never lands. Even their lyrics could be funny, if they all followed the precedent set by Slow’s fantastic and easily lost line: “All I can think when you take off your mink is it’s old.” Otherwise, it’s earnest yearning and Royal Albert Hall filling over production. What’s wrong with a bit of processed cheese?

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Two things: it’s the October issue. October, you say? Better start on that Christmas list then! Second: it’s been 20 years since Hollyoaks launched on UK TV. Where has the time gone you ask? We’re not sure either but to celebrate the passing of this year (and the last twenty), we’ve pulled off a blinder and got you not one, two or even three Hollyoaks hotties but a quartet of soapland studs. You’ll instantly recognize both Kieron Richardson and James Sutton – both veterans of GT - having racked up no less than 3 covers and countless in-mag appearance between them; for good reason. Let us also introduce Parry Glasspool and Ross Adams for those of you who aren't yet familiar. Ross is a proper gent in real life but since hitting our screens back in April his character - Scott Drinkwell – has already helped kidnap a baby, lied about his HIV status and tried to come between lovebirds Ste and John Paul (played by Kieron and James). Tsk tsk. We’d say it’s time to stop and catch your breath but before you come up for air, take note: Parry Glasspool. Page 42. GT October. S’all we are saying. Also in this issue – wait there’s more? Yep… We met up with Dannii Minogue backstage before her gig at this year’s Manchester Pride for an exclusive chat. Exclusive means you won’t find it anywhere else, so we’ll leave this here and let you read the full interview, only in this month’s GT. And... Connor Franta Christos Tsiolkas Empire Cuffs Lauren Harries does Sweetie, Darling? Debate: Gay characters Analysis: Heroes: Ben Bradshaw MP Domestic Violence Gay Lego fans James Bond got gay Galantis Also, all stuff you know and love: GT Fitty - Sam Bird Michelle Visage Benjamin Cohen Mikey Walsh Michael Alig The Guyliner Positive Luke PJ Brennan Fit with Chris Jones 2 Lovely Gays Edd Kimber Gastro Gays Edd Kimber Modern Family That should be enough to keep you going for the next four weeks. Enjoy!

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