Everybody Loves A Happy Ending CD (2004)

Artist: Tears For Fears

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Unlike many comebacks made by 80's bands, Tears For Fears have produced music that is sole reflection of their creative and artistic talent. When the album was finally released on 9/14, I was anticipating for the worst, presuming that they would make music for the sake of it...well, that is certainly NOT the case. I've even beat myself up for having such thoughts. This CD is terrific from the beginning to the end. The best part is that it gets better and better with each listen. In fact, the album is an incredible combination of what the duo has created, learned and experienced together as a band and individually through their own solo efforts. The album has a mature feel to it, yet it can appeal to younger audiences as well. I believe most of the disappointment lies in the fact many people had hoped TFF would create a carbon copy of "Songs From the Big Chair" or "The Hurting", instead of appreciating the great melodious sounds and elaborate tunes this album has to offer. Many good bands evolve beyond their former music genre and TFF continues to create music that does not fall short of magnificent with this album. While the Beatles and ELO influences are clearly felt, they managed to turn this style into something completely original and enjoyable. Not only is the album extraordinary from start to finish, but how many albums do you find in today's market with more than 2 good songs on it? Great tunes like "Call Me Mellow", "Secret World", "Closest Thing to Heaven", and "Quiet Ones" have caught my immediate the moment it flooded my speakers. I also can not get enough of "Who Killed Tangerine", "Ladybird", "Who You are", as well as "Last Days on Earth". By listing over 85% of the CD, this is a Must Have CD!

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A masterpiece

by Charles Hill on 9/28/2004

While a few cynics may dislike Tears For Fears' liberal references to many of the great hooks of rock history present on this album - it does indeed borrow heavily from The Beatles, The La's, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Radiohead, and other "A-List" pop and rock groups - the rest of us can simply exult in listening to some of the best rock music produced by any group this decade. Tears For Fears delivered some uncommonly strong pop music in the 1980s - from the melancholy longing of "Mad World" and "Pale Shelter" to the soaring shuffle-step of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" to the sophisticated orchestration of "Sowing The Seeds Of Love" and "Woman In Chains". But never before have they delivered an album so evenly excellent as this new offering. To begin with, their sound - while making references to their past and their "brand" - has been made much more stripped-down, organic and melodic. Rather than relying on orchestration and computer-generated effects to carry their sound, Orzabal and Smith have largely relied on good old-fashioned chord changes, melodies, bridges and choruses played on good old-fashioned musical instruments: guitar, bass, drums, piano - with the occasional horns, winds, and strings. Any of the songs, it seems, could be performed acoustically and sound great. The album's tone is also noticeably different from their past efforts. Its relatively upbeat nature might take some by surprise - indeed, this is a far "happier" album than either Songs From The Big Chair or The Seeds Of Love. The Beatle-esque "Wake Up" chorus on the title track makes this clear immediately, and the upbeat tone is continued on "Call Me Mellow" and "Closest Thing To Heaven" - a song that recalls "Sowing The Seeds Of Love" in its chorus, its structures and its politically-minded lyrics. "Secret World" and "Last Days On Earth" are genuine love songs, something that TFF fans will recognize as somewhat of a genre shift for Orzabal and Smith. But while the emotional darkness of their past albums is less pronounced, it is still quite apparent on certain tracks - in both upbeat rockers like "Quiet Ones" ("Oh, look into her eyes / You see such silent stalling / Nothing seems to matter in this life") and ballads like "Size of Sorrow" ("Pain, I can understand pain / Sometimes you just swallow / Say we can make it OK / Don't steal, just borrow"). And "The Devil" must rank among the darkest songs Orzabal has ever penned, both lyrically and musically. Happily, this album also traces Smith's emergence as a strong songwriter in his own right, as evinced not only on his joint efforts with Orzabal and Pettus (which, unlike in the past, account for the majority of the album), but in the song Who You Are, a beautiful ballad that recalls the soulful longing of past Orzabal songs like I Believe. The result is an album that is bursting with both new ideas and old ones, that comes alive with freshness while it takes a hard look at the past. It certainly reflects the band members' maturity as songwriters and musicians, but it also seems to complete the band's circle: it shows their coming to terms with themselves and each other after decades of turmoil. Best of all, the "magic" that fans originally found in The Hurting and in Big Chair - the power and anger in Orzabal's voice combining with the soaring and longing in Smith's - has returned. And it has returned with a consistency across all 12 songs that the band has never accomplished before. All in all, it's not just a happy ending - it's a masterpiece.

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An Outstanding Pop Album

on 10/1/2004

Tears For Fears comeback album is a delight. Every single song on this album is great. The songwriting is superb, melodic and with very intelligent lyrics. For those scheptics who might think this is a comeback to the 80's they are wrong, this album is fresh, passionate and it deserves to be on your cd player if you enjoy good music. Congratulations to Roland and Curt for an outstanding effort.

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One of the best rock bands of the 80’s, Tears For Fears is back with their first studio album in 15 years…YES it’s TEARS FOR FEARS. Everybody Loves A Happy Ending marks the reunion of Roland and Curt, the guys that brought you the classics: "Shout," "Pale Shelter," "Change," "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and "Sowing the Seeds of Love" to name a few. The highlight track from this legendary duo is "Closest Thing to Heaven," which gives listeners the best taste of what the album has to offer.


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 61706948
UPC 602498631089
UPC 14 00602498631089
Format CD
Release Date 9/14/2004
Author Tears For Fears
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