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Editors’ Notes

After 1985's Songs From the Big Chair scored a pair of the '80s new-wave era's most defining hits via the chart-topping "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Shout," Tears For Fears appeared ready to become one of the biggest acts in rock. Instead, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith seemed to fall off the planet for nearly four years, retreating to the studio for the painstaking production of this undeniable sonic masterpiece. The Seeds of Love fuses the elaborate, mid-'60s psychedelia of The Beatles' Sgt.Pepper's/Magical Mystery Tour-era - the title track is an obvious, if more politically charged nod to the Fabs' "All You Need is Love" - with influences that include the masterfully subtle marriage of Asian and gospel colors that fuel building drama on the opening "Women in Chains." The album may have pioneered the fusion of organic and synthetic sounds in a remarkable way, but its long, pressured production would also led to Smith departing the band - and the album itself was released just the alt-rock boom was being primed to eclipse it.

Customer Reviews

It's an album that won't leave you...

I love music, it is important to me. This album could not be more important. I got it when it was first released – yes I am that old – and it took a place in the emotions of my life at the time. This album has it all. The first song 'Woman in Chains' has such raw emotion, there is such power in Oleta's voice that if you are not moved by it you should check your pulse to see if you’re dead. This is an album to hear and love before you die.

my mates mock me

Im 25 and my mates take the p**s out of me for liking this album, im into everything from the heaviest metal to dance and acoustic, This albums remained one of my favourite for 14 years. unlike other albums i seem to tire of this never gets boring, It's perfect and i think seriously underated. A great mix of jazz, blues, rock, pop + fantastic vocals and lyrics.

Tears for Fears at their peak

this album was bought by myself in 89 just before I went to the states for 2 months & I have to say that I played side 1 of the tape non stop whilst I was over there. The 2nd side's not quite as sharp as side 1 but these days I prefer it's rockier feel, especially when I'm sunbathing on the sun deck of the place that I live in, incredible album & well worth buying.


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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