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Album Review

Shout: The Very Best of Tears for Fears provides an excellent overview of the band's key tracks, including all their hit singles, beginning with tracks from their first album, The Hurting, and ending with tracks from the post-Curt Smith album Elemental. (Curt Smith, one-half the duo, left after 1989's The Seeds of Love). Tears for Fears already had one excellent hits package on the market, 1992's Tears Roll Down, but this set improves on that one by including all the tracks from that album, plus an additional five. Not only that, but the version of "Mother's Talk" on Tears Roll Down was not the hit single remix — the version here is. Also included is the non-album U.K. single "The Way You Are," "Suffer the Children" (from The Hurting), "New Star" from the film Threesome, and the follow-up to their final charted U.S. single, "Break It Down Again" and "Goodnight Song," as well as a non-LP single remix of "I Believe." This album does not include any tracks from Raoul and the Kings of Spain, but clocking in at 79 minutes, it is filled to the brim with hits and stands as the definitive Tears for Fears collection, with excellent liner notes to boot. ~ Jose F. Promis, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Great Album. Period.

This is a great album, but let's clear this up. Mad World is a song by Tears for Fears released in 1982. Almost twenty years later, Michael Andrews and Gary Jules covered the song, or RE-recorded it in a style of their own (key word RE, this is not Gary Jules or Michael Andrews song, they did not write it) for the movie Donny Darko. Then years later the same cover was used in a Gears of War commercial. The End.

Tears for Fears is the best!

I love the band, its the best rock band ever. Love the song ''Mad World''

Forgotten gems

Other than a few songs, most of these are forgotten gems that seem as fresh as they day the were released in the '80s. Tears for Fears really holds up.


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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