TEARS FOR FEARS founding members Roland Orzabal & Curt Smith, reunited after more than a decade, release their first album together since 1989's RIAA platinum THE SEEDS OF LOVE. Tears For Fears fans around the world, as well as a new younger audience will relish the first new songs written by Orzabal & Smith in some 15 years, including the new single "Call Me Mellow" plus "Closest Thing To Heaven," "Who Killed Tangerine?," "Killing With Kindness," "Ladybird," & "Last Days On Earth." Tears For Fears is one of the most successful pop groups in music history, selling over 15 million records worldwide. Their classic albums include: THE HURTING, SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR, THE SEEDS OF LOVE & ELEMENTAL. The band will be embarking on a nationwide tour this fall.
Among the benefits of picking up the new Tears for Fears album--the band's first since 1989--maybe the least obvious is looking cool in front of friends. Flick it on over cocktails, say, and brows will furrow: Few would think to match the heaving, synth-heavy boys who lit up the '80s with "Head Over Heels" to this new material. Which is mostly a good thing. The vocals of lead singer Roland Orzabal, powered by some all-cylinders thing, still squash all traces of irony in their path, and there's a moodiness to the music, minus a lot of the old broodiness, that borders on the masterly. Yet the sound has changed completely. Old-school overproduction has fallen away in favor of real guitars, pounding pianos, and a melody-driven, Beatle-y sensibility. It's there on the title track and first single "Call Me Mellow," and only slightly eclipsed by something pleasantly Bacharach-ish on "Secret World." Everybody who loves a happy ending will find one here: Tears for Fears skirts the has-been trap impressively, translating years of experience into play-it-again, sophisticated modern pop worth paying attention to. --Tammy La Gorce