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The Very Best of Tears for Fears!
on April 25, 2004
I normally don't review "Best of Albums" cause best of albums are supposed to be a collection of a good bands/artists top selling songs and if a band/artist were good enough there aren't much to add then to praise them. Tears for Fears however was one of my favorite bands of the 80's and a very unique one too, so i had to give my oppinion about the album( their third "Best of album") which also includes songs after that Curt Smith left the band and Roland Orzabal continued solo.
Tears for Fears started off in the early 80's as a synth pop band, their first 2 singles didn't work out( but were later re-released) "Mad World" from the album "The Hurting" become a UK hit in late 1982. It was a song that was typical for TFF during their first 2 albums and also for the music in the early 80's. Meliodic with Synths and percussion. Recently it was covered by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews and they took it to #1 in the Uk this time. Thanks to the "Mad World" hit they established themselves as a reliebale pop band and "Change" and a re-release of "Pale Shelter" become hits. "Change" is one of my favorites, it's very meliodic with synths and percussion. "Pale Shelter" growed on me, didn't like it at first but it's beautiful and well made. "Suffer Them Children" and underrated "The Way you are" are also fromm this album, the sound of the latter one is simular too "Pale Shelter" just that it's more energic and they sing in voices. Smith's smooth vocals fits perfect with Orzabal's darker voice.
The second album "Songs from the big chair" came in 1985 and then there was nothing stopping TFF, every song become a huge hit. Orzabal had taken over more of the bands influents and wrote most of the songs too. "Shout" become a classic 80's song and one of the best TFF songs too, It follows the same formula as "Mad World" but with some awesome guitar riffs in the end too. TFF have a tendency to often start with the chorus and then jump in with the bridge later on which is quite unique. "Everybody Wants To Rule the World" gas to be one of the greatest songs of all time and a true trademark of TFF. It's catchy at the same time as it's intelligent with good lyrics, TFF always get's me thinking, what did they really mean? It's not the average Pop songs if you know what i mean. The third single was "Head over Heals" another great classic. "Mothers talk" and "Believe" were small hits, they were both re-recorded on this album.
The third album "Seeds of Love" doesn't sound like the other 2 at all. It's more rock influented and soulish, well it was released in 1989. Orzabal took over even more, and Smith left the band after this album. "Sowing the Seeds of Love" it's a 6 minute long beautiful masterpiece. My favorite song here however was "Women in Chains" also that one over 6 minutes. Oleta Adams (Get here) appears on it too. It starts slow but it's beeing build up and eventually it get's a bit faster. A wonderful ballad, but also credit to the lyrics. It was clear, that Tears for Fears was politically interested and their dilemma's were more touching then before on this album. "advice For The Young At Heart" was the third single from this album, it's not as good but still a decent song.
The rest of the songs included are from TFF after that Smith left. They are allright, but it was clear that TFF without Smith was not the same. You should buy this album if you don't have the songs already that is. But many good songs that weren't released on single's are also worth having a listening too, so check any of the albums mentioned aswell.