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Elemental

Tears for Fears Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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1. Elemental
2. Cold
3. Break It Down Again
4. Mr. Pessimist
5. Dog's A Best Friend's Dog
6. Fish Out Of Water
7. Gas Giants
8. Power
9. Brian Wilson Said
10. Goodnight Song

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Format:Audio CD
Tears for Fears became a favorite of mine right from the start as they were much more than a cut above many of their synthesizer-powered contemporaries during the mid 1980s. Their angst-driven "The Hurting" was a classic and cohesive debut that signaled that these guys had a lot to say. "Songs from the Big Chair" was a more was a hit-filled production that brought soul into the equation and brought them massive commercial success all over the world. The greatest thing about that release is that it succeeded without relying on any particular pop formula. Any release that includes the anthemic "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and the jazzy "I Believe," just to name a couple, shows that these guys were going to be much more than a passing trend. Although it took many aborted tries, the duo's third release "The Seeds of Love" was another smash and introduced the world to Oleta Adams and highlighted the duo's softer side. After again struggling to produce their fourth album, Curt Smith wound up leaving the group. Roland Orzabal retained the rights to the duo's name and released "Elemental" as a Tears for Fears product.
Many critics and some fans did not like "Elemental" (although thankfully not most Amazoners), but although it sold well, many found it to be less compelling their any of their first three releases.
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Tears for Fears were one of the rare pop groups whose music survived the 80's image and still sounds great today. After the classic "Seeds of Love", the duo broke up. Roland Orzabel recorded this follow up without Curt Smith. While the music is missing some of the vocal balance of their previous work, this CD contains one of their best songs: "Break It Down Again". Part of the song lyrics below show the introspection the band is famous for:
"It's in the way you're always hiding from the light, See for yourself you have been sitting on a time bomb, No revolution maybe someone somewhere else, Could show you something new about you and your inner song - And all the love and all the love in the world, Won't stop the rain from falling, Waste seeping underground - I want to break it down....Break it down again"
The rest of the CD has some great moments as well, and typical of the band, the lyrics and songwriting is well above the meaningless chatter of most pop songs.
The title track "Elemental" , and the driving "Dog's a Best Friends Dog" are on par with their previous work, while the smooth and moody "Gas Giants" sounds like an updated "Working Hour" intro. Of particular note is "Fish Out of Water" an obvious slam on his departed band mate.
While the music always takes me back to Virginia, and my grad school days, it still sounds up to date as well. A great addition to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roland Goes It Alone Aug. 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
Whatever happened after the amazing "Seeds of Love" release, it looked to be the end of Tears for Fears. Curt Smith left Roland Orzabal to go it alone with the TFF name. Orzabal enlisted the help of Alan Griffiths, and although took a step backward, laid down the groundwork for a great collaboration that would reshape TFF into the last decade of the century.
As compared to "Seeds of Love" I'd say that this album is not as good, but it sure is close. With the title track Orzabal let us know that the band is still the same sans Smith, with just a bit of a twist. The song has more of an edge to it than previous TFF stuff, a little heavier sound, but still the same great Orzabal voice. After reaching out a little, Orzabal comes back into a signature sound with "Cold". "Break It Down Again" is a little funky with a Orzabal's staccato lyrics helping to drive the rhythm. The album goes back to being heavy with "Dog's a Best Friend's Dog". The album ends with "Goodnight Song", a great song with Orzabal's voice ringing, and almost bluesy electric guitar. Very recognizable format in today's music scene, a song way before its time.
Orzabal is definitely trying out his new wings of freedom. "Elemental" is definitely a transition album. You can hear the change in TFF from "Seeds of Love" to "Raoul, and the Kings of Spain" and on to "Tomcats Screaming Outside". Orzabal picked a good title for this album, as it is the building stone for the second half of his career. It's a good start, and a must own for any Orzabal or TFF fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roland Goes It Alone Aug. 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
Whatever happened after the amazing "Seeds of Love" release, it looked to be the end of Tears for Fears. Curt Smith left Roland Orzabal to go it alone with the TFF name. Orzabal enlisted the help of Alan Griffiths, and although took a step backward, laid down the groundwork for a great collaboration that would reshape TFF into the last decade of the century.
As compared to "Seeds of Love" I'd say that this album is not as good, but it sure is close. With the title track Orzabal let us know that the band is still the same sans Smith, with just a bit of a twist. The song has more of an edge to it than previous TFF stuff, a little heavier sound, but still the same great Orzabal voice. After reaching out a little, Orzabal comes back into a signature sound with "Cold". "Break It Down Again" is a little funky with a Orzabal's staccato lyrics helping to drive the rhythm. The album goes back to being heavy with "Dog's a Best Friend's Dog". The album ends with "Goodnight Song", a great song with Orzabal's voice ringing, and almost bluesy electric guitar. Very recognizable format in today's music scene, a song way before its time.
Orzabal is definitely trying out his new wings of freedom. "Elemental" is definitely a transition album. You can hear the change in TFF from "Seeds of Love" to "Raoul, and the Kings of Spain" and on to "Tomcats Screaming Outside". Orzabal picked a good title for this album, as it is the building stone for the second half of his career. It's a good start, and a must own for any Orzabal or TFF fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different but excellent
It's the Tears for fears's album that I like the most. Maybe because it was not as popular as the other ones and I never get tired since it is not over played. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2004 by Guylaine Le Ber
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate !!!
This is by far the best Tears For Fears album ever made, it's darker and edgier than their previous (jamming)fluff of the 80's. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless rock
10 years on...this thing still has real staying power. Great vocals, diverse sounds and a nice bridge between spiritual highs and relationship angst in the lyrics. Read more
Published on July 15 2003 by Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair)
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Playful, and Creative
After first hearing "Songs from the Big Chair" I absolutely fell in love with Tears for Fears, and the voice of Roland Orzabal. Read more
Published on April 25 2003 by Vilbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I remembered
Tears For Fears' third album, Sowing The Seeds was the best album of 1989. This is Tears For Fears fourth album (released 4 years later). Read more
Published on May 17 2002 by kireviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop masterpiece. Stunning music!
This has got to be one of the most underrated pop releases ever. Every song is well crafted and very musical. The band is tight and the songs are very lush. Read more
Published on May 12 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Expected.
I admit that I was quite biased against TFF when this LP was first released, I wanted them to be the same tuneful yet brooding hitmakers they'd been in the 80's. How silly of me! Read more
Published on April 19 2002 by WILLIE A YOUNG II
3.0 out of 5 stars All and all,...it cannot compare to the earlier TFF
I think that Roland Orzabal is an amazing singer/songwriter but he seems to have lost his focus with this album. Read more
Published on March 30 2002 by Azurestrangelove
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated classic of massive proportions.
Coming off from the aural sonic bliss of the Seeds Of Love and surviving the departure of Curt Smith, Tears For Fears frontman Roland Orzabal has managed to pull off a masterpiece... Read more
Published on March 1 2002 by Distant Voyageur
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