Circa March 1985 an issue of a magazine called Electronics and Music Maker featured Tears for Fears on the cover and prompted me to investigate them. Twenty years on the use of TFF material in 'Donnie Darko' prompted me to revisit their albums. Strangely, like a lot of recently released 80s albums (Rio, Don't Stand Me Down, Porcupine), this is a lot better than I remember it being. The album strikes a neat balance between fast dance orientated tracks, pop songs, and slower numbers. Standout tracks are the relentless Shout, Everybody Wants To Rule The World', 'Mother's Talk', the gorgeous melody and understated grandeur of 'I Believe', and the sheer pop bliss of 'Head Over Heels'. This is the sound of an adventurous band that wasn't given credit at the time for its achievements. Much like OMD, TFF suffered in the cool stakes for reasons other than the music - bad hair/incessantly namechecking Arthur Janov's 'The Primal Scream' in the case of TFF and bad dancing/attire in the case of OMD. These days where some new bands seem unable to function without visibly referencing the past it's refreshing to hear music that wasn't afraid of sounding modern and wasn't concerned about some foggy notion of retro authenticity. This issue is rounded off with a goodly number of, somewhat inessential, bonus tracks. I quite like 'The Marauders' though, the tinkly bonk synth sounds and burbling bass bringing to mind a Radiophonic Workshop with some of the kinks ironed out.