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|Goodbye my friend
Will I ever love again
Memories fade but the scars still linger
-- Tears for Fears
|Tears for Fears
( Roland Orzabal & Curt Smith)
"Tears for Fears were always more
ambitious than the average synth-pop group. From the beginning, the duo of
Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith were tackling big subjects -- their very name
derived from Arthur Janov's primal scream therapy, and his theories were
evident throughout their debut, The Hurting. Driven by catchy, infectious
synth-pop, The Hurting became a big hit in their native England, setting the
stage for international stardom with their second album, 1985's Songs from the
Big Chair. On the strength of the singles Everybody Wants To Rule the World
and Shout, the record became a major hit, establishing the duo as
one of the leading acts of the second generation of MTV stars."
-- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG
¼ 1983: The Hurting
"Tears For Fears has the dubious distinction of not realizing their full potential in all musical releases after their debut album. Perhaps nowhere else is there such a flagrant example of a band having amazing genius and intellectual prowess and throwing it out on a second release for catchy commerical tunes. For those of you who put on the headphones and listen to Pale Shelter or Mad World and then listen to Everybody Wants to Rule the World, you know exactly what I mean. This album is like a sacred manual on how to write intelligent songs that touch the emotions deep within. The keyboard arrangements are phenomenal on this CD, the vocals are full of pain and reflection. Buy this and treasure it. "
-- Douglas Coronel, via amazon reviews
¾1985: Songs from the Big Chair
"Considering that Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, the English duo known as Tears for Fears, were avid followers of Arthur Janov, father of the Primal Scream form of mental therapy, it wasn't surprising that one of their biggest hits was titled Shout. What was surprising was how the two managed to take all their deep-rooted inner turmoil and make such positively buoyant music. Case in point: their other Songs from the Big Chair-spawned, No. 1 hit, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, was a meditative contemplation of the struggle for power within interpersonal relationships as a metaphor for global supremacy--which, thank god, had a good beat so you could at least dance to it. "
-- Billy Altman, amazon.com
1989: The Seeds of Love
"Sowing the Seeds of Love contains the album's raison d'être:
/High time we made a stand and shook up the views of the common man./ The songs constantly draw parallels between the personal and the political, and it's exciting that such thought-provoking music will undoubtedly be so widely heard. If with the title track Tears for Fears beg comparison to the Beatles, it's in the unspoken assertion that popular music can also be outstanding music. That's something this remarkable record proves over and over again. "
-- Michael Azerrad, RollingStones.com
1992: Tears Roll Down: Greatest Hits 82-92
Spanning hits from their first three releases, Tears Roll Down is an excellent introduction to the Tears for Fears, and a must for every 80s music fan.
½ 1993: Elemental
(...) Though not as radio-friendly upon first listen as Seeds or The Big Chair, Elemental is a more mature and direct if not darker work exposing the essence of the songs and bringing melody to the forefront. The drifting, oceanic quality evident in many early Tears tracks is still prevalent (the atmospheric concept is taken a step further by blending several songs into each other), but is coupled with a deep, mechanical groove on a majority of the cuts, reminding the listener of INXS or a latter-day U2.
CMJ, College Media Inc, via CDnow
1995: Raoul and the Kings of Spain
The second Tears for Fears [album] following Curt Smiths departure finds Roland Orzabal treading water (and self-consciously deep water at that). Long removed from the simple, melodic melancholy of the bands early work and abandoning the mid-period Beatles-influenced pop, Raoul and the Kings of Spain often borders on progressive rock. (...) There seems to be a lack of ideas that cannot be concealed by the words, which are either inscrutable or embarrassingly silly. Listeners on both sides of the Atlantic couldnt be bothered and the acts commercial fortunes fell even further.
-- Tom Demalon, AMG
2001: Shout: Very Best Of Tears for Fears
This is a much more complete collection than the Best Of Tears For Fears-Millenium released in 2000 by the same label (UNI/MERCURY), as the millenium CD completely overlooked TFF's debut album, 'The Hurting', which remains the band's strongest effort.
½ 2004: Everybody Loves A Happy Ending
"Tears for Fears twosome Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith split up after making 'The Seeds of Love' in 1989 because they couldnt stand the sight of each other. They should have followed their instincts: This reunion album is a misbegotten mess. Where Orzabals pompous pronouncements about inner torment and the Human Condition once came with bounding New Wave hooks, theyve now doubled their self-seriousness, dressing mediocre songs in shopworn Beatlesque flourishes, from baroque countermelodies to psychedelic distortion. Instead of sounding clever, it comes off as dreary and dated. (...) Sorry, fellas, but nobody loves a sad reprise."
-- David Hiltbrand, blender.com
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