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The Hurting (Remastered)

Tears for Fears

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Customer Reviews

A classic coming-of-age masterpiece

The above comparison to Lennon is astute. These are great songwriters who are plumbing the depths of pain and feeling within an extraordinarily musical and melodic collection of songs. The production on this album is amazing, with the perfect blend of alienating "cold" synth sounds and warm instrumentation, such as pianos and acoustic guitar (the acoustic strum on "Pale Shelter" is an awesome counterpoint to its New Wave sound).

I get very, vey tired of young people dismissing the 80s as cheesy. This album is a must-have for the pain of adolescence, and it's a great example of how progressive and yet soulful New Wave could be. The songs are so catchy and beautiful that I still listen to it. Impressive stuff.

Five stars

A masterpiece in the sea of one hit wonders from the 80's.

A treasure

If you can listen to "The Hurting" "Mad World" and "Pale Shelter" without feeling these guys were amazing song writers, this isn't for you. A great album from the 80s!

Biography

Formed: 1981 in Bath, Somerset, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tears for Fears were always more ambitious than the average synth pop group. From the beginning, the duo of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith were tackling big subjects — their very name derived from Arthur Janov's primal scream therapy, and his theories were evident throughout their debut, The Hurting. Driven by catchy, infectious synth pop, The Hurting became a big hit in their native England, setting the stage for international stardom with their second album, 1985's Songs from the Big Chair....
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