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Album Review

Capturing some of their chart-topping smashes and other key tracks, Tears for Fears marks a monumental career with their collection Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92). Toward the end of the praise surrounding their third album, 1991's Seeds of Love, Curt Smith left the band. Roland Orzabal was left to sail the ship alone, and the strong success dwindled years later. However, this dozen-track compilation showcases some of the band's early tracks heavily dominated by pulsating bass drops and heavy synth beats.

"Pale Shelter" and "Mad World" from their 1982 debut The Hurting moved toward the soul-defining musical maturation found on 1985's groundbreaking staple Songs From the Big Chair. The Top Ten hits are undoubtedly featured: "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," "Shout," and the more obscure "Mothers Talk." The luscious "Head Over Heels" cuts short of it's closing guitar work, a disappointment in the grand scheme of Tears for Fears' synth-dominated sound. Such layered riffs separated the rawness from the fluffy new wave aspect. "Sowing the Seeds of Love" marked the band's own branded progressive rock & roll, but "Woman in Chains," the gospel-tinged cut featuring guest vocals from Oleta Adams, was their most spiritual effort. Essentially, the dozen-track collection is a perfect look at what Tears for Fears did for music during the '80s until the mid-'90s. They made new wave sound cool and melodically beautiful. [A 2004 reissue of the compilation included a bonus disc with 11 remixes.]

Customer Reviews

No Fears or Tears during the terrific 80s years

What a band, terrific songs from the finest wordsmiths, Tears for Fears had me spellbond during the 80s years, now aproaching 40 and with midlife crisis looming near, this album is sweet melody to the ear. A Allport from Middlesbrough I think of you whenever I hear Mad world and I hold you dear.

Teen’s Musical Heart Aflutter

Well, what more can I say then this is a great band, the songs are brilliant and the music is just seriously catchy? I find that during this hard journey from child to adult, that an hour or two of listening to these songs can really help put life’s problems in perspective. Personally I can really relate to “Shout”, I don’t know why but just singing to this calms me down and I think it calms the whole house right down too, specially my Weird Hits Dad, it works like a dream! Buy it for God’s sake or need I temp you further?!

Tears without Fears

I have loved this band forever and to hear this again is a trip down memory lane. The original version of Mad World (pre Donny Darko and Gary Jules) is a joy to hear again although both versions are great; a bit like hearing the two versions of Layla by Eric Clapton - same song but brilliantly done. It is also a real bonus to hear the remixes of Sowing the Seeds and Everybody wants to rule the world. Their music would not be out of place in the charts now - timeless. An absolute must buy.


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. On...
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