An uplifting ballad brimming with heart and soul, Hurts manages to embody both raw pain and joyful redemption as Sandé sings ‘You could at least try look at me, Man oh man what a tragedy, Bang bang there goes paradise … Baby I’m not made of stone, it hurts, Loving you the way I do, it hurts’.
Sandé said: “I wanted to release Hurts first because it felt like everything I’d avoided saying for so long. It’s a real explosion. It’s everything I wish I’d said years and years ago. I didn’t want to hold anything back anymore.”
A lot has happened to Sandé in the four years since the resounding success of her number one record, Our Version Of Events, the biggest selling album of 2012 and second biggest selling album of 2013. It also spent 7 non-consecutive weeks at No 1 and exceeded The Beatles previous record by spending 63 consecutive weeks in the top 10 and selling over 4.6m copies worldwide.
As 2013 came to a close, Sandé was exhausted and unable to ignore the strain it was putting on a number of close relationships. She says it sounds a bit dramatic but “I just wanted to disappear. I just had this overwhelming sensation and realisation everything had to stop. And then slowly it did.”
Now, Sandé has let go and opened up, and she’s come out stronger than ever. “In retrospect, I was like a pressure cooker waiting to pop off. I had to stop and really look at myself and realise who I was. That’s been the biggest lesson for me, learning to feel comfortable in who I am and what I represent and what I stand for.”
Hurts and the rest of Sandé’s upcoming second album mark a brand new chapter in her life. “I’m proud of my first album and thankful for the experiences it gave me, but I’m so much happier with my new album and with where I am in life.”