Wonderful Life (Hurts song)

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"Wonderful Life"
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Single by Hurts
from the album Happiness
B-side"Affair"
Released3 May 2010 (2010-05-03)
Format
Genre
Length4:14
Label
  • Major Label
  • RCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Hurts singles chronology
"Better Than Love"
(2010)
"Wonderful Life"
(2010)
"Stay"
(2010)

"Wonderful Life" is a song by English synthpop duo Hurts from their debut album, Happiness. It was released as their debut single in Denmark on 3 May 2010, and was released as their second single in the United Kingdom on 22 August 2010. The song peaked at number two in Germany, and reached top ten positions in Denmark, Switzerland, Poland and Austria. It also charted in Belgium.

Background[edit]

In an interview with entertainment website Digital Spy lead singer Theo Hutchcraft said of the song: "It's basically based on two extremes: the first being a man who wants to kill himself and the second being love at first sight. He's standing on the bridge about to jump and he's stopped by a woman. They see each other and fall in love. She basically says, 'Come with me, it's all going to be fine'. The song only offers a snippet of someone's life, so we don't know what happens at the end of it."[1]

Critical reception[edit]

"Wonderful Life" was well received from music critics. Digital Spy gave the song five out of five stars writing: "Over noirishly simmering synths, frontman Theo Hutchcraft tells the story of a suicidal man saved from jumping off the Severn Bridge by the strike of love at first sight. The rest, quite frankly, speaks for itself. Classy video? Check. Haunting vocals? You got 'em. Epic instrumental breakdown two-thirds of the way through? Seriously, it's all here."[2] The Guardian reviewer Paul Lester wrote: "Wonderful Life is a heart-piercing future classic. Close your eyes and you're transported back to 1987, with the pristine production and melodies."[3] Fraser McAlpine of BBC Chart Blog gave the song four out of five stars and described it as a sad song with "bitterly optimistic lyrics".[4] Brent DiCrescenzo from Time Out Chicago gave "Wonderful Life" four out of five stars and called it a "immaculately crafted, melodramatic pop song[s]"[5] Sarah Walters of City Life gave the song three out of five stars. She felt the song was "a product of the 1980s", and wrote, "There are countless debts in here: the sentimental synth of the Pet Shop Boys or Fiction Factory, the dancefloor savvy of The Beloved, the emotional lyrical arch China Crisis or the dashes of saxophone used by Spandau Ballet and Black".[6] (Coincidentally, Black had a hit with a song of the same title).[7] Chris Maguire of AltSounds gave a mixed review: "It isn't ground-breaking by any means but it is a good example of pop music done well. Sure the lyrics aren't the greatest [...] but the chorus is good and will rattle around in your brain for quite a few hours after you have finished listening to it."[8]

Track listing[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Source:[9]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[42] Gold 15,000*
Germany (BVMI)[43] 3× Gold 450,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[44] Platinum 30,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Denmark 3 May 2010 Digital download
Germany 30 July 2010[45]
6 August 2010[46] CD single
United Kingdom 22 August 2010[47] Digital download
23 August 2010[48] CD single

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Lester, Paul (27 July 2009). "New band of the day – No 593: Hurts". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  4. ^ McAlpine, Fraser (15 January 2010). "Chart Blog: Hurts - 'Wonderful Life'". BBC Music. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  5. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent. "Tracks | Hurts - Wonderful Life | Summer Camp - Round the Moon | Music review". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
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