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We review the new album from OneNamedPeter – Hurts

Is it an album that makes you want to look after Peter, or is it one that makes you wish he’d stop telling you how much pain he’s in?

It’s a hard conclusion to make. I think the one you come to will largely depend on your tolerance for people in agony over love, because when it comes to OneNamedPeter’s new album ‘Hurts’ there sure is a lot of that.

Opening the album is the title track. An immediate cry out in pain, you can quite quickly grasp the idea behind the album. This entirely self-made record screams out about the difficulties of love. Peter uses his classic rock sound to channel every bad experience he seems to have gone through, and you begin to understand why he named it ‘Hurts’.

As the agony continues into the next track ‘Ghost’, Peter utilises 80s phaser vocals to bring an eerie quality to the music. These arguably cheesy effects and tones that continue in songs like ‘Love and War’ and ‘Missing you’ bring a somewhat homemade feel. With a few production errors here and there, you sometimes wish Peter brought in a bit of help for his own benefit. But you can still admire him for his effort.

When it comes to the songwriting, OneNamedPeter’s lyrics are not the most intricate or disguised that you will ever hear. However, his simple but sweet rhyming couplets like ‘fire’ and ‘desire’ make for very easy listening.

Perhaps a song that stands out most is ‘Cowboy Blues’. It’s not unsurprising that this is literally a song in a ‘cowboy-style’. Sung from the perspective of a cowboy who’s feeling down about love, the song is an insight into the creative ability that OneNamedPeter possesses. 

Moving towards the end of the album, you begin to wish for some sort of change in pace. But from ‘Writing On The Wall’, to ‘You Only Lent It’, to ‘Sweet Lie’, it all seems to chug along at a similar speed.

Eventually, you reach the final track ‘Imaginary Friend’. With a quirky electronic beat, it’s a refreshing mix up which acts as an entertaining way to end the album. What’s more, of course the album has to end on a tragic story about someone’s friend who doesn’t really exist.