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  • Audio CD (12 Oct 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B000026FI5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Raoul And The Kings Of Spain
2. Falling Down
3. Secrets
4. God's Mistake
5. Sketches Of Pain
6. Los Reyes Catalicos
7. Sorry
8. Humdrum And Humble
9. I Choose You
10. Me And My Big Ideas
11. Los Reyes Catalicos (1)

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This album is one of the best records ever made. It has been slated by critics over the years, with accusations levelled such as "egotistic", "maudlin" and "self-obsessed". These claims are unfounded and the average listener should buy this album to see for themselves. It is an album that needs repeated listening to "break it in". At first listen it is hard to pick up the mood, the result being that it sits on the shelf for months on end (this happened to me). But listen some more and concentrate on the musical diversity and craft (ignore the confused lyrics) and you will experience a delicate and varied album like no other record you have ever heard. Roland Orzabal has produced some amazingly deep pieces in his time, but his work here is excellent. The opening track is unusual for its slightly discordant harmony that manages to sound acceptable while never quite becoming likeable. Things improve with "Falling Down" which softens the album's mood. "Secrets" adds emotion to the proceedings with some great guitar work. The album then turns to a more "pop-like" sound with "God's Mistake", a clever track with plenty of musical arrangement to keep the most studious of listeners happy. "Sketches of Pain" adds a spanish feel to the record and initiates a biting and moving string of emotions in the listener to prepare for the second half of the album. "Los Reyes Catalicos" is interesting, but becomes tiresome very quickly. The second half opens with a mood breaking rocker, "Sorry", another Orzabal "event" that snakes through different keys and tempos before segmenting into "Humdrum and Humble", a more laid-back track but keeping in the mood of the previous song. Then once again, Orzabal takes the mood right down with the gentle song, "I Choose You", following which he moves back into "Rock" mode for the excellent and rousing "Don't Drink The Water". Closing the album, we are treated to the gentle and moving "Me And My Big Ideas", and experience the re-appearance of Oleta Adams, last seen on "Seeds of Love". A repeat of "Los Reyes Catalicos" closes the album on a downbeat finale. Overall, a brilliant piece of work. Try it for yourself and I am sure you will agree.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is one of the best records ever made. It has been slated by critics over the years, with accusations levelled such as "egotistic", "maudlin" and "self-obsessed".
These claims are unfounded and the average listener should buy this album to see for themselves.
It is an album that needs repeated listening to "break it in". At first listen it is hard to pick up the mood, the result being that it sits on the shelf for months on end (this happened to me). But listen some more and concentrate on the musical diversity and craft (ignore the confused lyrics) and you will experience a delicate and varied album like no other record you have ever heard.
Roland Orzabal has produced some amazingly deep pieces in his time, but his work here is excellent.
The opening track is unusual for its slightly discordant harmony that manages to sound acceptable while never quite becoming likeable. Things improve with "Falling Down" which softens the album's mood. "Secrets" adds emotion to the proceedings with some great guitar work. The album then turns to a more "pop-like" sound with "God's Mistake", a clever track with plenty of musical arrangement to keep the most studious of listeners happy. "Sketches of Pain" adds a spanish feel to the record and initiates a biting and moving string of emotions in the listener to prepare for the second half of the album. "Los Reyes Catalicos" is interesting, but becomes tiresome very quickly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Langridge on 2 Jun 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album when it first hit the shops back in '95. I listened to it once, was disappointed and put it away for another day. That day arrived last week nearly nine years on whilst sorting through some old boxes of CDs. I put this disc into my player and hit the play button and was shocked to hear an astoundingly wonderful collection of quality music. Why I struggled with it nine years ago but not now is a mystery to me. Perhaps a little maturity, responsibility marriage and childen has changed me? Who knows? All I know is that RATKOS is, like 'Tomcats Screaming Outside', a superb piece of musical work. Both take some getting used to but then pay back the patient listener in spades. 'Me and my Big Ideas', 'Humdrum and Humble' and 'Sketches of Pain', 'God's Big Mistake' and 'I Choose You' are particularly worthy of mention.
10/10 at least.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Connor on 30 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Roland (Raul) goes back to his roots!? While this album is sprinkled with a Spanish flavour, pop gems like Gods Mistake and the title track stand out among a coherent and well put together collection. the remastered and expanded issue comes with all the b sides to the singles released and takes this listener back to a time when this established and talented 80's artist was consigned to the naff bin. shame really as the 90's saw many such bands being dismissed when in fact they had honed their skills to an even greater level than in their heyday. however, this is not in the league of their best work, its a great listen if youve got the hit albums and are looking to dig deeper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Film Buff on 1 Mar 2004
Format: Mini-Disc
This is Tears For Fears's fifth album, which is in fact Roland Orzabal's second solo album after the departure of Curt Smith from the duo since the 'Sowing the Seeds of Love' album.
This album is obviously a very personal one for Roland, who named it after his son Raoul. The album has a strong 'Spanish' flavor to it, basically Roland's search into his heritage - his mother was Spanish, and here Roland discovers flamenco in some of the tracks and makes extensive use of unplugged guitars. A departure from 'Elemental' with more 'real instruments' and less programming, 'Raoul and the Kings of Spain' is musically accomplished, but somewhat lacks depth in the lyrics department, mostly because of its philosophical nature, which is somewhat not always accessible to all listeners. The track 'Secrets' starts off like an Elton John pastiche and then takes on a life of its own, making it one of the most powerful song on the album. An interesting and accomplished album if you're a Tears For Fears fan or someone who's not really into mainstream music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Baggie Dave on 10 July 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First and foremost I must thank the people who have written reviews on this album. It was because of your recommendations that I went out and purchased it. I am no musical expert but as someone else said " I know what I like". This album gets better the more you listen to it. If you judge this album the first time of hearing you may be disappointed....Give it chance it is worth it. It compares favourably with any other TFF and I can only endorse what all the other good reviews say on this album....so buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Van Genderen on 12 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
If you thought the light had gone out on Tears For Fears after their fairly acrimonious split shortly after Seeds Of Love then you'd be very much mistaken.

Maybe Roland struggled a little with Elemental (his first post-Curt release) but any doubts that might have surfaced with that release were erased totally with this absolute masterpiece. Drawing from many very personal experiences, Roland has given us an album that uplifts, inspires and entertains with every beat. The title track is majestic, God's Mistake is incredible, I Choose You is so moving, and Me And My Big Ideas (featuring the return of Oleta Adams) is just sublime.

Tears For Fears have given us some of the greatest albums and music from the 80's and this album is every bit as good - if not better! Just because it didn't sell by the bucketload when first released doesn't mean it is a poor album. It is one of their finest yet!

Buy it..... Buy it NOW!!!
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