What does it sound like?:
Tears For Fears release their latest greatest hits collection, the imaginatively titled “Rule The World” to coincide with the announcement of their world tour next year. Let their be no doubt for those who don’t know already that I’m a fan, a fan that is happy to declare that Roland Orzabal is a genius and Curt Smith is a damn good looking man. A happy combination for any band especially one that came to the fore in the early 80’s. Not many recognised Orzabals genius back then and probably even fewer do now but by the end of the first two tracks “Everybody wants To Rule The World” and “Shout” no one should be in any doubt that despite their inauspicious beginnings as a ska band Tears For Fears became seriously heavy hitters with a gift for a tune using all the technology available with canny nod back to the guitar, bass and drum sound of their predecessors that set them apart from some of their contemporaries.
This collection is all the hits put together along with some lesser known and new. The Erasure sounding new song “I Love You But I’m Lost” follows. A radio friendly ear worm showing they’ve not lost their ear for a hit. The running order is a strange scatter gun affair with “Mad World” and “Sewing The Seeds Of Love” coming next. I would have preferred a chronological collection but maybe they thought mixing it up would hide the elephant in the room that had their trajectory from “The Hurting” to “Big Chair” continued on to “Seeds Of Love” they would have challenged U2 for late 80’s early 90’s worldwide dominance. The time taken to release their third album and the obviously trying too hard nature of it burst their bubble which lead to a split although Orzabal continued making music under the Tears For Fears name.
Orzabals solo Tears For Fears period is represented by “Raoul and The King Of Spain” a strange hybrid of the Big Chair and Seeds sounds with a hint of Britpop guitar but it’s a welcome addition among the hits from the first three albums. As is “The Closest Thing To Heaven” which comes from the 2004 album “Everybody Loves a Happy Ending” which saw Orzabal and Smith get back together again.
The other new track “Stay” is again randomly placed between “Change” and “Pale Shelter” (an opportunity to do your Orzabal dance folks) is a hauntingly beautiful song that gives hope that this could be a comeback with real legs.
I love it to bits, it’s got “Break It Down Again” on it for goodness sake, of course I love it. Is there enough however for someone who get’s all “bloody 80’s rubbish” about Tears For Fears? I’m not sure but if you are serious about popular music and own nothing else of theirs this collection does all and more to fill that gap and who knows you may be able to see beyond the perception and to discover the genius that is, was and maybe still is that is Roland Orzabal. Either way Curt’s still lovely to look at.
What does it all *mean*?
It means it’s nearly Christmas and there’s a reunion tour to promote but I don’t care a jot
Goes well with…
Any record collection
Might suit people who like…
Rolands genius and Curts lovely smile