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Customer Reviews

Some Excellent Versions of Great TFF Songs

It's nice to hear Curt and Roland back together. Overall, if you are a Tears for Fears fan, these live versions will be a welcome addition to your library.

There are some excellent versions of their best known songs here, although the track list isn't particularly deep and has a bit of filler.

Those caveats aside, there are a few tracks that make the album worthwhile. My two favorites are "Mad World", which seems to have taken a little from the downtempo Gary Jules version, combined with TFF original. In my opinion, this version is the BEST EVER version of Mad World, some downtempo, combined with great harmony, coupled with pure power and emotion that are lacking in Gary's version. It is clear that Curt and Roland really feel every word. "Shout" is my second fav on this album, it stays true to the original, but builds slowly into an excellent alt hard rocking classic.

Of course "Pale Shelter", "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Head over Heals" are excellent here as well. I'm not as partial to their newer material, but fans will find a sampling here as well. Buy it, listen and love it.


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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