on 24 November 2000
I first bought this album about 3 years ago and it still continues to be one of my favourites. I constantly keep playing it and frankly, the more I listen to it the better I like it. Just like the album's title, it's ELEMENTAL that you buy one. When you hear songs like 'Power'(probably the best song ever made), 'Elemental', 'Goodnight Song' and so on, believe me you'll get goosepumps. Since I was a teenager Tears for Fears have always been a music reference and although I love all their music, in my opinion, their best album still continues to be 'The Hurting'.
So Orzabal goes it alone with this 1993 CD: `Elemental' indeed! One watches out for any hint of lyrical spats against Smith (`Fish Out Of Water'?).
Orzabal made a further move in a rock-orientated direction with this release, and does so with great gusto whilst still maintaining a foot in the pop camp. The songs are well constructed with good hooks. The guitar work in places is brazenly in-your-face, and in other subtle; sometimes it is both.
There are two worthy five-star tracks, `Cold' and `Break It Down Again'. But there are four duff songs too. `Dog's a Best Friend's Dog' and `Fish Out Of Water', whilst not strictly duff, are not that special either. Meanwhile `Gas Giants' is mere B-side material. Orzabal's penchant for the sixties is expressed on this album by the Beach Boys pastiche `Brian Wilson Said'.
In the final track, `Goodnight Song', Orzabal sings, "The sounds we are making are so uninspired". This CD is not that bad, and I don't want to give a too-negative review - I do give the CD four stars overall - but it has to be said that in former times, Tears for Fears did better.
on 12 November 2010
This album has some really knockout songs, although it did not sell well, the sound quality is top notch & although it would have been nice to have Curt sing & play a little it was not to be. Roland shows his stuff & some of the vocals & guitar work are the best he's ever done.
Sadly Curt's solo albums are a bit weak in comparison but still have a few gems on them but the recordings sound like demos & the musicians are not up to Tears standards.
on 6 October 2005
Despite having been a long time fan of TFF, for some reason i never bought this CD until recently. What a mistake !!! it is a brilliantly timeless CD with every track a masterpiece of song writing.I do not fully understand the politics behind Rolands and Curts relationship but whatever the mixture of contributions are to the album, it works for me.Curt Smith & Roland Orzabal's songs rank alongside with Lennon & Mcartney as far as i am concerned.Another excellent album.