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Not Perfect, but an Overall Treat
on July 3, 2010
The good part is it's great to see them in a live concert after all these years, even if it's a short concert. And this is a really well-shot DVD and the sound is really fantastic. Their Everybody Loves A Happy Ending songs were fantastic. Secret World, Closest Thing to Heaven, Call Me Mellow. Superb, all of them. Roland was perfection on them. And the harmonies between Curt and Roland were to die for, and great backing vocals by Curt. Those songs were the highlight of the concert, which is surprising b/c usually the big hits would be. Shout never disappoints. What a song. It's probably my favorite song by TFF. The guitar instrumental on that song is stunning. Head over Heels was really good, but not Roland's best vocals on this song, and I don't like how he ends it without singing the end, Time flies. And Head Over Heels isn't the same for me without the outro of Broken. Sowing the Seeds of Love was definitely also one of the highlights of the concert. They shine on that amazing song and the audience went crazy for it.
Curt was amazing for backing vocals and harmonies, but in lead vocals he left something to be desired on some of his vocals. I have seen them recently in TFF concerts and he sounded great. So maybe an off night or because back in 2005 they hadn't been touring and singing these songs together for 15 years before that. I don't know. But he sounded flat a few times. It improved when Roland would come in on harmony or backing vocals. Everybody Wants to Rule the World is such a magnificent song. And, overall, still a great live performance by the band as a whole on EWTRTW. The instruments sounded great and the band was tight the whole concert.
A really beautiful intro and new arrangement on Mad World (I'm assuming Roland did the new arrangement based off of Gary Jules' slower version, but even a diffrent arrangement than that), but Curt was just okay. He sang it at times way too harshly into the mic. But an absolutely beautiful new musical arrangement on that song.
All in all, if you are a TFF fan and missed seeing them live all these years, worth buying just to see them and because of the great production of the DVD. This DVD was a treat for me and watch it often, since their last DVD was 89 or 90 and because you get to hear some Everybody Loves a Happy Ending songs live. And as a bonus, Roland and Curt still look very handsome in their forties.