The Hurting (Blu-ray Audio)
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This first collaboration between Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith is full of beautiful music and introspective lyrics. You can't listen to "Pale Shelter", "The Hurting" and "Mad World" without being permeated by Roland's angst. (he penned every song on the album) There's a darkness here that's never been so ably repeated on a subsequent TFF album, and the raw, unrefined talents of these two men is altogether frightening. Although eclipsed by the later commercial success of "Songs from the Big Chair", "Hurting" may indeed be the more ambitious and significant musical statement. I truly believe that were this album released today, it would be every bit as fresh and provocative as it was twenty years ago.
As for the remastering.....if the tempo has indeed been tampered with (which I had not noticed, but will now listen for) than its a criminal act. The bonus remixes of some great songs are always appreciated, but not entirely necessary. The real benefit comes from the added clarity, and being able to hear some subtleties of the recording that were unnoticeable on the older version. All told, "The Hurting" is an album that deserves to be remembered, and here's to hoping the rumored TFF reunion and new album comes to pass.
I am not a huge fan of '80's music, even though I grew up then, but this is a diamond. Great song writing, good production and over all good performance by the musicians.
If you like '80's music or just great songs ( that do suffer from a little of that '80's sound) you might want to check this out.
The Hurting is great not just as a time capsule of the '80s - popular psychology's new wave musical moment. Each of these songs is an innovative pop wingding that showers the ears with perfect sound and exhilarating craftsmanship. I don't have the remastered version, but it would be a shame to tamper with these songs, because each of them (I have them on vinyl and on CD) is perfect just the way it is.
More than just a nostalgia piece for those who lived through the era (I heard many of the songs for the first time in 2000), this is one of the great overlooked pop records, sure to be canonized by loquacious music critics in the very near future.
The album has kind of atmosphere a depressed aura about it. The album as a whole deals with the pain from the wounds we collect over the years and how they affect us as we age. This album would seem just a pointles wine session if it wasn't for the fact that it was actually part of the therapy to get better and deal with the throws of life. So actually this album is about recognizing the pain, the hurt and start of the healing process.
There really isn't any bad song on this album; all songs have something to say of meaning. The album plays songs that are catchy and poppy "Change",Watch Me Bleed". However there are sudden shifts were the band slows down about 3 notches from the previous song,such as "Ideas As Opiates" which may be hard for some people; and give the aappearance of a disjointed album. The best song on here is "Suffer the Children", a song that raises the question of single parenthood and why have kids if they are just going to be neglected.
This album is a very focused cohesive piece of art. Well worth the money, the bonus cuts are remixed versions of songs already on the album, so mostly there for the dedicated fan. Listen to this album and you wont believe its from the early 80's. A timeless classic.
Most recent customer reviews
Great release on vinyl. It's also my favorite Tears for fears album. As good as the original LP release.Published 4 months ago by Defector40
My vinyl album was too worn to listen to. Great to enjoy these songs againPublished 12 months ago by paul
I bought a few blu-ray audio disk and they have much better sound than CD - no question. My only complaint is that the engineers have really push the gain on the sound ... Read morePublished on March 14 2014 by Stefan Mischook
This and ABC's Lexicon of Love came out at around the same time and both have remained in my top 10 albums ever, for reasons that have been ably stated elsewhere. Read morePublished on April 15 2006
The reviewers who mentioned that a) this album deserves so much more than an "it came from the 80s" nod and b) that it's an undeniable classic nail it. Read morePublished on March 26 2004 by Stephanie Donnelly
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Words fail to clearly express the sheer beauty and impact of the album, "The Hurting". Read more
One of the more introspective and personal albums I've heard, The Hurting did very well for its remastering. Read morePublished on June 14 2003 by Ken Leonard