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What came from that break is Mayfield, a five man band fronted by Curt Smith. And for those who miss the vibe of TFF when it was an Orzabal/Smith collaboration as opposed to what its current incarnation as Roland's solo gig, Mayfield will satisfy that longing.
The disc starts off strong. The opening track "What Are We Fighting For" (inspired by a comment overheard during an argument between Smith's current songwriting partner and his partner's wife) has the "old skool" TFF sound. Not quite the BIG TFF sound, but the melodic/harmonic/swirling thing with nice lead guitar riffs and tasty hooks that the duo did so well. Even so, it's NOT TFF. And that's not a bad thing.
"Sorry Town" follows with an intro sounding uncannily similar to Pale Shelter. The track quickly evolves into it's own hook laden driving groove.
The release is dotted with nice ballads and more uptempo, slightly edgier tracks like "Reach Out" which is a bit of both. Simple rock jams and lush, fully orchestrated tracks like the poignant "I Don't Want To Be Around," a song of manic depression. Of course there is "Sun King," the obligatory bad blood track where Curt lets off some steam about Orzabal (who recorded his own bad-blood track earlier on the post-Smith TFF release). "Sun King" is bitter and funny all at once taking a swipe at the Smith-perceived arrogance and self importance of his former collaborator.Read more ›
TFF fans have been divided over the years, depending on who in the group they thought had the most talent. For years, I was in the "Roland" camp. "Soul On Board," Curt's '93 release, had a glossy finish, and a handful of solid adult-contemporary pop songs. And that's not a cut-down. But, the other half of the album was far too weak to make me believe in his side of the story.
This release has placed me firmly in the middle again. I no longer side between Roland or Curt. I just simply can't. I will say that, just as Roland's continuation of TFF took on a different direction without Curt, this album is different than Curt's work with TFF. But it still has an amazing use of melody and some truly stunning vocal work.
Mayfield is simply amazing. It's Curt's "Elemental." Lush production, but not overly so, accompanies songs like the biting "What Are We Fighting For" and the jaw-dropping "Mother England," also the highlight of this remarkable work. Elsewhere, ballads like "Snowhill" and "Trees" shows that Curt is able to get soft, without getting sappy and sugary-sweet.
This album is sadly very underrated. I would argue that it is one of the best of the past decade, even without my affinity for anything TFF. It just is simply that good. Put it up against McCartney's best, or the warmth of XTC,... it would still shine brightly. Anyone who appreciates solid, well written pop, performed by a velvety-smooth voice will appreciate this stunning album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
NOT Curt Smith of TFF. Not even close... Why any written reviews associated with Curt Smith and this particular album are connected, other than the name Mayfield, is beyond me. Read morePublished 25 days ago by david m. calvin
This isn't CURT SMITH from TEARS FOR FEARS! So all of you who reviewed this album thinking it was Curt, CHECK YOU'RE EARS! Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Brimhall
Poorly done album. Always felt like Curt left TFF because he thought he was the sole talent. Too bad he was wrong. Together they are great. Alone, not so much.Published 17 months ago by DC2
It is easy to listen to. Good tunes and acoustics. If you want to see and hear more, watch them on youtube.Published on January 4, 2013 by tj
I'm not sure why I resisted getting Curt Smith's solo works for so long--I picked up the TFF "Raoul" and "Elemental" sound unheard when they came out and loved them... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Storylover
Beginning to end this is a fantastic collection of tracks. Curt Smith was/is a major part of the creative genius that is Tears For Fears. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by jdm2112
I agree with the previous reviews that this is a treat for any Curt Smith or Tears For Fears fan .this is the best album i bought this year hands down among the few albums that... Read morePublished on July 15, 2010 by Jose J (singer songwriter music historian)
...at least, it is to this point in his accomplished if sporadic career. His work with TFF (and even its precursor, Graduate) gave us a ton of great tunes by which he'll be... Read morePublished on October 1, 2006 by Chris Hanks
This was Curt Smith's one-and-done side project in between Tears For Fears' breakup and reunion, and it won't disappoint those who have enjoyed his work in TFF. Read morePublished on December 5, 2005 by J. Merritt