‘How We End Up Alone’ is the first single by Virginia rock band Hurt off of their upcoming album ‘The Crux,’ which is due out March 27.

The song starts off somber and soft with acoustic riffs and sultry electric whines, but the tune amps up as riffs get heavier and speed up, bass lines boom and cymbals get crashing. Frontman J. Loren Wince belts out the chorus, “There’s no more use in trying / There was no more use denying / If you paid your dues / I don’t care it just proves / That’s how we end up alone.”

The louder the volume is turned up, the better this tune sounds, not to mention the bridge is as catchy as the rest of the song. The lyrics of the bridge “Then you’ll see from my way / Because you will see from my way / That’s how we end up alone” might not be the most compelling lyrics in a rock song, but it’s deliverance is melodic goodness.

Wince shows off his raspy layered vocals on 'How We End Up Alone,' as he plays with pitch from singing soft, sensual vocals to soaring melodies. The new album ‘The Crux’ follows 2009's ‘Goodbye to the Machine.’

3.5 Stars

Listen to Hurt, ’How We End Up Alone’