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Everybody Loves a Happy Ending Import

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Who'd have believed it? With its deliberate storybook-inspired title, Everybody Loves A Happy Ending signals a welcome return for Tears For Fears - one of the biggest and best-loved bands of the post-MTV age-and one of the most unexpected reunions in pop music history.

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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: New Door
  • ASIN: B0002M5T34
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everybody Loves A Happy Ending
2. Closest Thing To Heaven
3. Call Me Mellow
4. Size Of Sorrow
5. Who Killed Tangerine?
6. Quiet Ones
7. Who You Are
8. The Devil
9. Secret World
10. Killing With Kindness
11. Ladybird
12. Last Days On Earth

Product Description

TEARS FOR FEARS Everybody Loves A Happy Ending (2004 US issue 12-track CD album [the first for 15 years from Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith!] including Closest Thing To Heaven)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Stevie M. on 6 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
And so they returned to us at last. Firstly, lets put the cynical and lazy critics straight on the facts - Tears For Fears did NOT reform after the success of Gary Jules' version of "Mad World" in 2003. Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith had decided to end their decade-long feud ("the biggest sulk of all time") and buried the hatchet back in 2000 when they began writing and recording new material on a transatlantic basis (Smith lives in the US, Orzabal still lives in the UK). The album took over two years to complete and its release was then delayed further due to record company entanglements. Eventually they secured a UK deal with the small independent label Gut Records, but with no major label behind them to wave the corporate magic wand and place their opening single "Closest Thing To Heaven" into the top ten, the release of both single and album became a somewhat muted event with little publicity or fanfare. In all fairness, TFF themselves neglected to put much effort into promotion during the UK release in early 2005 other than a video, a couple of minor television appearances and only a week of live concert dates. They spent far longer promoting the album in the US (released six months earlier), no doubt hoping to replicate the huge success they'd first enjoyed there some twenty years before. Their efforts were in vain this time around though, and perhaps this tired them out by the time they eventually began promotion in the UK. The choice of single to be released here first was also perhaps not the wisest, and even though "Closest Thing To Heaven" is mostly a great song, it does have a weak chorus and isn't the best primer for the album.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Cottom on 4 Dec 2004
Format: Audio CD
From the opening bars of "Everybody Loves a Happy Ending" this is pure TFF - and that's got to be a good thing. It's there, building on the sound that grew from "Songs from the Big Chair" through the temperamentally-challenged "Sowing the Seeds", a regretfully overlooked album that contained some great songs - give it another listen and see!
This new collection is full of musical references, passionately crafted songs, infectious hooks and bears the mark of that instantly recognisable TFF production and attention to detail which, ok, can border on the obsessive, but that's surely no bad thing when it results in a product as beautiful as this.
Listening to it is an experience for the head, the feet and the soul, and heaps rewards on the listener with each play. Tears For Fears don't make instantly disposable music, and there's the rub: where is it going to get played, where are you going to get to hear it?
"Closest Thing to Heaven" - as glorious a chunk of joyous intelligent pop-type stuff as you're ever likely to hear - and "Secret World" are obvious singles, but I can't see them getting on those ridiculous radio playlists. More's the pity, and it's a sad indictment of the state of our music business, because we need bands like TFF to keep the integrity in British rock music alive.We should be able to see an artist grow and develop, not get their 15 minutes of chart success then get dropped because they didn't enter the charts top 3 with a bullet. The ever growing roster of artists unable to get a contract is disturbing, to say the least.
The tragic thing is that this enjoyable and totally rewarding album could be ignored when it should be gracing each and every discerning music lover's collection. Just do yourself a big favour, go out and grab a copy - and play it to your friends/ relatives/ pets........you'll never be lonely again!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Slade on 6 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's difficult to describe how I feel about this LP - the band's first together since the much-publicised divorce in 1992. I can however say with all certainty that this is most certainly their best offering to-date. It's never been out of my in-car CD player in all honesty, and justifyably so. Once you get around the plethora of cliches in the opening and title track it's actually a good if rather eclectic song in the mould of 'Sowing the seeds of love', peppered with Beatlesque references. My early favourite- the first single 'Closest thing to Heaven' has now made way in my affections for deeper, more lyrical songs such as the divine 'Size of sorrow' and the tuneful 'Secret World'. 'Who killed Tangerine' is pure 'Abbey Road', and 'The Devil' has a menacing title and a deep, mournful tone to it. 'Killing with kindness' is anthemic and should certainly reap a huge hit single as well as being a likely accompaniment to TV adverts and sports events with its catchy chorus. 'Ladybird' has a more retro feel to it and sounds like a lost track from 1985's 'Songs from the big chair'. The truth is every one's a little gem in its own right. MISS THIS ALBUM AT YOUR PERIL.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Mar 2005
Format: Audio CD
Well I have to say that I am well impressed. Whether Roland and Curt's decision to patch up their differences and reform was fuelled by a wish to cash in on the fresh interest in their back catalogue, generated by Michael Andrew's cover of Mad World scaling the heights of Xmas number 1 in 2003, is neither here or there. For what they have contrived here is one of the most melodic and lyrically thought provoking collection of songs you will hear in many a year. The influences of Brian Wilson, The Beatles and Peter Gabriel are perhaps unsurprising, yet definately integral. The echoes of 10CC, A.R.Kane and XTC's Apple Venus volumes are certainly more unexpected, but no less welcome. There is even a hint of classic RnB about the sublime 'Last Days On Earth'. Importantly though, the biggest influence of all is Tears For Fears, both circa and post Curt. Seeds Of Love meets Elemental meets Raoul And The Kings Of Spain. One intriguing, classy and highly listenable trybrid.
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