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  • Audio CD (June 18 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001DYY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 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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Tears For Fears ~ Elemental

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Format: Audio CD
If I could only have one TFF c.d in my collection it would be this one. Not as simplistic as "Songs from the Big Chair" yet no as overproduced as "Sowing The Seeds" it is a joy to listen to from start to finish (o.k., with maybe the expection of "Gas Giants"). Her is the breakdown:
Elemental- Brooding synthesized rock number 9 out of 10
Cold- Pop with a rock edge-think harder edged songs of Crowded House or Squeeze- 10 out of 10
Break It Down Again- Lightweight pop- popular single- 8 out of 10.
Mr. Pessimist- Brooding atmospheric creative song 8 out of 10
Dog's a Best Friend's Dog- Flat out rocker with fantastic guitar work and alternating snarling and soaring vocals 10 of 10.
Fish Out Of Water- Mid Tempo rock number, powerful attack on former Tear Curt Smith 9 out of 10
Gas Giant- Slow, lethargic, unintersting instrumental 2 out of 10
Power- Title says it all 10 out of 10
Brian Wilson Said- segues from Beach Boys to Cocktail Jazz 7 out of 10
Goodnight Song- another porpular cut played on radio a lot 6 out of 10
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Like many in my generation (born in '69), I was first captivated by TFF's "Songs From the Big Chair" when I was in high school. I listened over and over to that record and to "The Hurting" as I dwelled on my own unhappy childhood. I eagerly awaited "The Seeds of Love" release when in college and was mostly happy with that effort. TFF's growth musically seemed to parallel my personal growth as I approached adulthood.
The first time I put on "Elemental," I was blown away! I already knew Orzabal was a potent lyricist. It was now clear to me that he was a true musical genius as well. It also seemed obvious that Curt Smith had been holding him back considerably on the "Seeds" album. Sadly, the childhood friends had to part ways in order for Orzabal to produce this near-masterpiece.
While the advent of the C.D. as a music format has given us fantastic audio clarity, it has changed the way I and, I presume, most others listen to music. I rarely listen to an entire album anymore; rather I use the skip button or program features to play my favorite tracks. "Elemental" is one of the few exceptions, an album that demands to be played start to finish everytime. While "Break it Down..." holds its own as a single, it is primarily a hook tossed out to lure one into the album as a whole. It also serves as a transition piece for those of us who liked previous TFF material.
Sonicly, this album is all ear candy. It is a slickly produced modern symphony of guitars, keyboards, and drums, all wraped in Rolands alternately delicate and soaring vocals. He backs himself vocally on most tracks to great effect; Curt Smith is never missed. Many tracks seguay (sp?
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The state of Tears for fears was shaky in 1992. In this year, Curt Smith, founding memeber with Roland Ozabal, left the group. It was deicded that Roland would continue on "solo" keeping the TFF name, and curt went off and did a solo album, then formed his own band, Mayfield. I personally didn't grow up on TFF. I mean, I was only 2 years old when The Hurting came out. I of course though rememeber Everybody Wants to.. and shout. I first bought their greatest hits album, and fell in love with TFF. I then noticed that they had one more top 40 hit after curt left, break it down again. I downloaded the MP3, and WAS IN LOVE! I therefore decided to get the album. I wasn't expecting much, but I was truly blown away. I honestly do not consider this TFF. It just seems to me that stylistically this album is different from all their (his) previous. My favorite cuts on this album are: Cold, Break It Down Again, Dog's a Best friend's dog, and Power. The only song I skip over is gas giants (not one for instrumentals). Some of the songs have instrumental breaks that do seem to meander too long (Mr. Pescimist, Brian Wilson Said), but it's not that bad. Overall, this is generally a great CD, and I would suggest to anyone to go and pick it up. And, just in case you are curious....their follow-up (RATKOS) IS a great album as well, so if you like this one, go out and get the other one, I swear, you wont be dissapointed! Have a good day!
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Curt Smith is gone-But Roland Orzabal will keep on running against the wind as his creative force continues to improve .Tears for Fears has Bridged the Brit pop Void That separate artists like Sade,Paul young From others like Simple minds,Duran Duran new order-thus creating an almost unique sythesis of fancy and form ,Combining Sublime pop Orquestration With Genuine insigt,Since Curt called quits after 1991 Seeds of love tour,Orzabal is left to fend off existential angst of his own,which he does with amazing grace and integrity on tracks like "Cold","power" and "break it down again" are replet with melodic free falls,armonized and overlapped vocals,Layered keyboards and guitar shudders.Shamelesly lifting from The Beatles and Beach Boys,Orzabal mold his borrowings to fit the mood-Finnally streching reverence to the extreme with the sad but smile-inspired embrace of "Brian Wilson Said"-(whe're not talking about the bare naked ladies here)-Yet Orzabal does't seem to be that thrilled with his musical brother Smith-allutions to the post split abound,with "Fish out of water" echoing spiteful feelings as John Lennon's anti McCartneyrant "With all your cigarretes and fancy cars/you ain't a clue who or what you are,"-The Mellow Gracious "Good Night Song" seems a more reflective account of anguish with Orzabal expresing abandonment and confusion,cushioning the tonal feel with sobbing synth riffs.Sad feelings aside,Elemental Flashes the same sort of sheen ,wordplay and sound wash that flourised in the '80s and still fights for it's place on today's modern rock charts. Orzabal couldn't have placed Elemental at a better time as well his new soon to arrive album "Ticket to the World",this will probably top the charts as we hope some day Roland will bring his son Raoul to follow his musical steps and to prove that everything old is new again.
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