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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

Headphone music

One of my favorite albums. You'll find the radio standards "Woman", "Sowing", and "Advice" here, but in my opinion you'll enjoy the more absorbing, layered "Standing on the Corner of the Third World" and "Swords and Knives". To really enjoy this, listen via good headphones or large speakers. Roland Orzabal is known to be a perfectionist with his music, and it's clear that his work along with David Bascombe contained a lot of attention to detail.

The Sun and the Moon, the Wind and the Rain

Deceptively simple in its concept, extraordinarily deft in its execution. Just a beautiful, brilliantly original album that takes you down a different path every time you hear it. A victim of bad timing when it was released in 1989, "Seeds of Love" has proved to be one of the best albums of the past 25 years. An obvious labor of love, highlighted by pristine production and lyrical repetition of the universal symbols of sun, moon, wind and rain. Timeless, inspired. A classic.

TFF's best - An absolute masterpiece

This album succeeds on so many levels that I'm not sure I have enough room in this short review to talk about it all. For this album, TFF was reduced to a dou of Smith & Orzaball. They took a Steely Dan sort of approach, using differnt musicians for each song, making sure that every song had exactly the right people performing them. The meticulous production also mirrored that of Steely Dan. The album's opening track, "Woman in Chains", is quite possibly one of the most beautiful songs ever written, and it introduced the world to the incredible tallents of Oleta Adams who, along with Orzaball, turns in an exceptionally passionate performance. Adams also enriches the following track "Badman's Song" with some great jazz piano and another great vocal performance. Throughout the album, Roland's singing is incredibly emotional and passionate. The arrangements and production on all the tracks is absolutely stunning. You can tell that this is one of those albums like "Dark Side of the Moon" or "Sgt Pepper" where every little bit was tailored to perfection. If I were going to that proverbial desert island and could only bring ten albums with me, this would certainly be on the list. This is Tears For Fears at their most inspired.


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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