Having been a TFF fan since the early/mid 80's, one would think that I would be used to the changing sounds of each album. Perhaps because I love each album completely and separately, I expect the next album to knock my socks off when I first listen to it. Initially I refused to believe the voice on "Sowing The Seeds Of Love" was actually Roland Orzabal. I have since become accustomed to his voice and musical style. Still, "Tomcats Screaming Outside" was a dramatic change for me. It has not the introspective melodrama of "Raoul and the Kings of Spain", nor the Jazzy/Bluesy styles of "Sowing The Seeds Of Love", nor the radio-friendly beats of 1984's "The Big Chair". Still, after listening a few times, Roland's unique style has becaome apparent as I train my ear to hear it. This album is much more current in it's sounds, with Drum and Bass tunes like "Kill Love" and "Hey Andy", and the labeled Ambient "Day By Day (By Day...)". It's difficult to classify this album in a genre, but then that has always been a problem for Tears for Fears and now for Roland.
In Tomcats Screaming Outside, Roland is playing with current musical trends while adapting them into his own unique style. The lush, multi-layered, electronic soundscapes are present even in the "simpler" songs. My first thought upon seeing the track list was that the album would be dark and troubled. After reviewing the last several TFF albums, I just see this as a trend. The music is the key, however I'd love to hear Roland produce some Happy, "Feel-Good" music like "Head Over Heels" again.