The Hurting (Remastered)
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||The Hurting||Tears for Fears||4:16||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Mad World||Tears for Fears||3:35||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Pale Shelter||Tears for Fears||4:33||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Ideas As Opiates||Tears for Fears||3:45||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Memories Fade||Tears for Fears||5:03||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Suffer the Children||Tears for Fears||3:50||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Watch Me Bleed||Tears for Fears||4:15||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Change||Tears for Fears||4:14||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Prisoner||Tears for Fears||2:55||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Start of the Breakdown||Tears for Fears||4:58||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Pale Shelter (Long Version)||Tears for Fears||7:06||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Way You Are (Extended Version)||Tears for Fears||7:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mad World (World Remix)||Tears for Fears||3:41||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Change (Extended Version)||Tears for Fears||6:00||$1.29||View In iTunes|
The Hurting would have been a daring debut for a pop-oriented band in any era, but it was an unexpected success in England in 1983, mostly by virtue of its makers' ability to package an unpleasant subject — the psychologically wretched family histories of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith — in an attractive and sellable musical format. Not that there weren't a few predecessors, most obviously John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band album — which was also, not coincidentally, inspired by the work of primal scream pioneer Arthur Janov. (But Lennon had the advantage of being an ex-Beatle when that meant the equivalent to having a box next to God's in the great arena of life, where Tears for Fears were just starting out.) Decades later, "Pale Shelter," "Ideas as Opiates," "Memories Fade," "Suffer the Children," "Watch Me Bleed," "Change," and "Start of the Breakdown" are powerful pieces of music, beautifully executed in an almost minimalist style. "Memories Fade" offers emotional resonances reminiscent of "Working Class Hero," while "Pale Shelter" functions on a wholly different level, an exquisite sonic painting sweeping the listener up in layers of pulsing synthesizers, acoustic guitar arpeggios, and sheets of electronic sound (and anticipating the sonic texture, if not the precise sound, of their international breakthrough pop hit "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"). The work is sometimes uncomfortably personal, but musically compelling enough to bring it back across the decades. [The Hurting was reissued in 2013 as an expanded four-disc box set that included the original album, a collection of BBC Radio sessions, a collection of remixes and B-sides, and a DVD of the concert film In My Mind's Eye.]
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.
A masterpiece in the sea of one hit wonders from the 80's.
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!
Formed: 1981 in Bath, Somerset, England
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s