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Roland Orzabal Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 May 2001)
  • Label: eagle--lxp
  • ASIN: B000252XNA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roland.....We're not worthy!!!!!!! 10 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I struggled a bit with this album when I first got it though I did quite like 'Ticket to the World' and 'Low Life'. One night whilst in a more receptive frame of mind I put the CD on, sat back and closed my eyes....the music suddenly came out and slapped me in the face....what a great album! I'd hoped for a Tears For Fears style album along the lines of 'Elemental' but got so much more (not that Elemental still isn't great). 'Low Life' will knock you out your socks, 'Under Ether' will throw you around the room with great force and 'Snowdrop' will slam you back into your socks again. I could go into a blow-by-blow break down of the tracks on this album but I won't; just buy it, find an hour or two to yourself in the dark and listen to it. I can't guarantee you'll take to it immediately but stick with it and all will become clear. You will soon be taking a trip to the Twilight Zone, to a mysterious land called 'Roland Orzabal'....believe me, you will not want to come back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The wait was well worth it 18 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've been searching the internet for at least the last three years for some clue as to when or if this album was to be. Little clues here and there led me to the single "Ticket to the World," and then on to the fact that it would be released under Roland Orzabal instead of Tears For Fears. Finally I went searching and found the official web site giving the release date here in the U.S. I cannot say enough good things about this album. It is a rare thing, what with the huge music industry machine, to find something as individual as this. Roland gives his own spin to current music trends, rather than being a music copycat as so many others are as of late. Turn on the radio and you hear one group after another that have seemingly re-released the same song over and over in a different rearrangement. Listen to this album and you get experimental sounds..some haunting and slower, some fun and upbeat, never a dull moment. I never mind waiting, because with each album, Roland shows me his love of music and not of money. I look for quality, and if anyone reading this feels the same, buy this and spread the word. This album stands on its own and will stand out in the current sea of monotany. Thank you again Roland for this gift of music.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Roland Orzabal returns after a six year hiatus between his last release, Tears For Fears' "Raoul and the Kings of Spain", and "Tomcats Screaming Outside." This new album, although issued under his own name, shares virtually the same lineup as the last two Tears For Fears albums. "Tomcats..." is an impressively eclectic blend of pop, techno, trip-hop, ambience, and rock. I would have to say that if "Tomcats..." were to resemble any particular album in the TFF cannon, it would have to be 1993's "Elemental." Like that album, each track on "Tomcats..." sounds different than the one before it, but also has a certain cohesiveness due to Orzabal's unique hands-on production. Unlike many electronically based albums, the songs are what matter here, not the samples. But this isn't news for anyone who has followed Orzabal through his career - the songs have always been of the penultimate importance to him. "Bullets For Brains" combines a classic Orzabalian melody and lyric with some interesting analogue synths and sonic experiments. "Day By Day By Day By Day By Day" is one of the best songs Orzabal has released in years... the production lends itself perfectly with the moody atmospheres of the melody, and the electronic nature of the arrangement doesn't hinder the song's effects in the slightest. "Hypnoculture" is, in the least, a very interesting sonic risk for Orzabal - combining African chants with a funk-bass and swirling keyboard riff. At best, its completely original, gloriously infectious and hypnotic. "For the Love of Cain" is the most 'pop' song here... one of those instant-classic-sounding pieces full of summer sun that Orzabal is so wonderful at effortlessly creating. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly exciting - and no Curt 4 April 2001
By Lazaar
Format:Audio CD
You are forgiven for suspecting a half baked idea since Roland seems to make it very clear that this is more a collection of sketches and ideas than an album proper. Add to that previous experiences of rockstars indulging in studio technology and mixing breakbeats with heavy guitars (David Bowie anyone?) and you will approach with caution. Surprisingly Roland Orzabal pulls it off and delivers a strong set of eleven great songs and just one filler (Hypnoculture is indeed just a sketch and sounds like a weak Peter Gabriel track). Sonically this album doesn't break any new ground as such and there's the odd analogue synth line where you would think it has to be if you were painting your dance track by numbers but the strength of the vocal melodies and excellent playing make you forget any naff sound immediately. These are well crafted songs with added studio trickery, not just loops for loops sake. Try the slow growing Under Ether or the hymn like For The Love Of Cain for a start and embrace this album. It's rewarding.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking album.
I'm a big Tears for Fears fan and i like Orzabal's music. Enjoy his music both with and without TfF
Published 1 month ago by Martin Barfoot
3.0 out of 5 stars Hound dog whispering inside.
Tears For Fears fans probably rushed out and bought this album when it was released expecting it to sound like TFF. It doesn't. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Linter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
I love this album. I lost my first copy so re-purchased and have not been disappointed. There is not a bad track on the album and it is Roland Orzabal at his best!
Published 13 months ago by Mr J A Poulter
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
this was an impulse buy and what a great one it is (bens mum)brilliant love it and has officially been put in my top 3 all time faves now i got it . Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ben Bishop
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
My first impressions were that it was good, some tracks very good. But it grew on me, I'd now say most tracks are very good. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. J. A. Cousins
4.0 out of 5 stars Tomcats Screaming Outside
RO is a vary talented musician - no doubt about that. I love 'Raoul and the Kings of Spain', and 'Elemental' (both touted as TFF albums but in reality RO solo stuff). Read more
Published 23 months ago by B. Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This CD is brilliant. If you are a TFF fan then this is a great addition to your collection.

It's really interesting to hear how Roland is still making great music. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2009 by Viper
5.0 out of 5 stars GENIUS!!
I bought this cd about two weeks ago while purchasing a couple of TFF cd's (still updating those old vinyls!!). Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2008 by N. Massey
5.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you
I bought this at the same time that I re-purchased 'Elemental' on CD (I used to have it on cassette). Read more
Published on 24 July 2002 by D J Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Roland always tries new ideas and changes the formula.
This album is a fresh and exciting mixture of drum and bass, ambience and rock. From the opening track to the finale it leaves you wanting more. Read more
Published on 10 May 2002 by foxymoxy@btinternet.com
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