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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The widescreen TFF masterpiece!
Tears For Fears were never known for rushing on their albums, and this album was certainly the longest time they made us wait. Four years in the making, The Seeds Of Love is the third, and arguably the best of their albums, once again heading into a new direction away from their two previous works. A lot of critics lazily reviewed this album as "Beatles-esque",...
Published on 20 Feb 2001

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars i find it boring!
i adored "the hurting" and it still remains one of my favourite albums of all times!

with the third album i think the boys have got wrapped up in themselves..the high points are the singles

"woman in chains" is a stunning track and although not successful as a single...it launched oleta adams career...it is a peice of pure pop perfection...
Published on 20 Aug 2008 by Mr. Nathan Armstrong


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The widescreen TFF masterpiece!, 20 Feb 2001
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This review is from: The Seeds Of Love (Audio CD)
Tears For Fears were never known for rushing on their albums, and this album was certainly the longest time they made us wait. Four years in the making, The Seeds Of Love is the third, and arguably the best of their albums, once again heading into a new direction away from their two previous works. A lot of critics lazily reviewed this album as "Beatles-esque", but it is really only the epic, politically-minded title track that has a direct (and intentional) likeness towards The Beatles. The rest of the album is a rich, colourful, textured, and often moving work of art, incorporating a variety of musical styles performed by a host of talented and respected musicians. The album again highlights a growing maturity within the band, creatively eclipsing both of their previous albums.
It's hard to pick highlights on an album where every song is a highlight, but the jazzy piano based jam of Badman's Song, the desolate feel to Standing On The Corner Of The Third World, the magnificently arranged theatrics of Swords And Knives, and the highly charged screaming rock drama of Year Of The Knife, as well as the three hit singles featured here, make this album a treasure trove of creativity and talent. Once again, Roland Orzabal shows that he knows how to end an album with a real finale, this time round with the poignant Famous Last Words, a song about the acceptance of human mortality, with it's tranquil piano and beautiful string arrangements.
The remastered version of this CD also contains four extra tracks (all B-sides of the singles), which are all high calibre material themselves, particularly Johnny Panic & The Bible Of Dreams, which creatively incorporates gospel-style vocals and TFF lyrics rapped (yes - rapped!) over a groovy dance beat. The whole album, with it's lush, sophisticated feel may not be as immediately accessible as their previous works, and some of the tracks may even be a little too dense (both musically and lyrically) for some listeners upon first playing. However, if it were possible to make a record in widescreen, this would definitely be one of them, and The Seeds Of Love is most certainly the TFF masterpiece album.
Ironically, the album's creative excellence masks the turbulent years behind the scenes trying to make it, as fractures began to appear in the band. Established TFF associates Ian Stanley, Manny Elias and Chris Hughes all departed, citing "creative differences" as the reason. Curt Smith became over-infatuated with the jetset celebrity lifestyle afforded to him after the global success of the previous album, thus apparently neglecting his role within the band. And Roland Orzabal (the principal creative force of TFF) had become so involved in the recording process that he had allegedly become somewhat temperamental, tyrannical and generally difficult to work with. On the more positive side, he did still have the talents of wonderful TFF associate Nicky Holland, as well as sound engineer Dave Bascombe to assist him, but the most positive aspect of the production was the arrival of talented singer and pianist Oleta Adams, whom the band had met during their U.S. Big Chair tour in 1985. Miss Adams' inclusion in the project gave this album a quality and soulful warmth that no other TFF record has ever had, both before and after this one. Sadly, things between Smith and Orzabal did not improve after the album's release and subsequent world tour, and they eventually parted company in the early 1990's, making this the last album of their successful partnership. Neither have achieved the same level of success in their respective careers since this album, although Orzabal's work continues to be consistently wonderful if not quite as commercially viable.
Do not buy this album expecting it to be Songs From The Big Chair - Part 2. Instead, you will find The Seeds Of Love to be a much more substantial and rewarding experience. FULL MARKS!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curious, Theatrical and Downright Inspiring, 21 May 2006
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Heathcliff (Huddersfield, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Seeds Of Love (Audio CD)
Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith's legacy within the 1980s is arguably incomparable - their debut, 'The Hurting', released in the early rungs of the decade, was a violently passionate scrapbook of adolescent angst and unanswered questions. By 1985 the duo had restocked their ammo, ready to fire in a different direction - 'Songs From The Big Chair' was, arguably, less angry and perhaps less conceptual than its predecessor, though no less philosophical. They had adopted a more 'user-friendly' sound, and in return received worldwide acclaim and the plaudits they rightly deserved.

By the time the now gargantuan fanbase had waited for a follow-up to 'Big Chair', Smith and Orzabal had swerved in yet another direction. Having waited four long years for the third LP, the public was finally treated to 'The Seeds of Love', an album which reputedly broke several banks in one fell swoop. The album would also be the duo's last creation together until their surprise reunion in 2003.

'The Seeds of Love' is grandiose. If it were any grander, it'd be a theatrical production. The new direction TFF chose to point in was more luxurious, more orchestral, perhaps more poignant, than previous works. This is not, however, the type of album you listen to and immediately enjoy - as my own experience has led me to believe. Each song, from the jazz-fuelled venom of 'Badman's Song', to the solemn yearning of 'Woman in Chains' and 'Famous Last Words', and to the air-guitar-inspiring 'Year of the Knife', is so deep, and so thick with layers of instrumental experimentation and words of philosophy, of vengeance, and of sadness, that immediate enjoyment is virtually impossible - this is the sort of album that will grow on you the more you give it time to work its soul.

The most commercial song by far is the successful single 'Sowing the Seeds of Love', a dynamic Beatles pastiche with what I believe to be Roland at the vocal peak of his career. Though it is hard to compare three songs by TFF, one form each of their 80s albums, next to each other ('Mad World' against 'Shout' and 'Sowing The Seeds' for example), it is perfect evidence that the band were, and still are, an outfit which grows a little with each album. It's hard to say whether this tops 'Big Chair', 'Hurting', 'Elemental', 'Everybody Loves a Happy Ending' or to a lesser extent 'Raoul and the Kings of Spain', but I'll be damned if it's not in the running.

If you've listened to and enjoyed ANY of Tears For Fears' other albums, particularly 'Happy Ending', there's no doubt in my mind that this is a very wise purchase. However, be prepared for your love for this album to grow gradually rather than be instantly immediate.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 21 April 2004
This review is from: The Seeds of Love (Audio CD)
How this CD hasn't got reviews - and lots of them - is a mystery.
Fromthe opener "Women in Chains", a superbly crafted song with the wonderousvoice and harmonies of Oleta Adams, you know you're in for a treat. AdultOriented it maybe... late 80s/early 90s maybe... but its certainly topdrawer. With the Bondesque scenery of Dangerman, through to the hopes ofAdvice for the Young at Heart, every song is a testament to the pairing ofSmith and Orzabal.
Buy it... you'll love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Near Perfect !, 21 Jun 2002
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Scitzo (coventry, england) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Seeds Of Love (Audio CD)
This has been well reviewed by the others and without me digressing it well deserves 4*.
The most beautiful and moving track on here is 'Woman In Chains' its a lyrical masterpiece and like so many talented artists is very underated. If you knew a precious diamond was within your grasp you'd grab it.... well as music goes here it is go get it , its a great album for driving, relaxing, and is inspirational, an 80s band years ahead of their time.
Roland Olzabal is a very gifted lyricist and some of the tracks here encapsulate certain feelings of life experiences that are hard to explain, how cool is it to have them answered by Music? Seeds of Love is infinitely different to their earlier works like 'The Hurting' and 'Songs from the Big Chair' but it still has the 'tears for fears' vibe all over it,
No one can fail to love 'Woman In Chains' its reminiscent of a Chris Isaac song called 'Wicked Game' and i cannot comprehend why they dont re-release it as it was so ahead of its time...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A STUNNING TURNING POINT, 1 Mar 2004
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This review is from: The Seeds Of Love (Audio CD)
This is the third album from 80's duo Tears For Fears, and it has a very 'live' feel to it compared to the first two albums, 'The Hurting' and 'Songs from the Big Chair'. This album is much more 'mature' than the first two, both in composition and sound, but not necessarily superior because of that -- it's just different.
Whilst Tears For Fears was finding its footing with 'The Hurting' and discovering computer programming and drum looping with 'Songs from the Big Chair', this album is much more influenced by jazz compositions and cabaret performances, especially the tracks featuring Oleta Adams, who gives a whole new layer to the Tears For Fears sound. Oleta Adams was 'discovered' by Tears For Fears in a cabaret in New Orleans during the 'Songs from the Big Chair' tour, and her voice and attitude on stage mesmerized Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal so much so that she became a major influence on this album.
In terms of content, 'Sowing the Seeds of Love' is much more 'positive' than the first two albums, especially with the title track and 'Advice for the Young at Heart'. 'Woman in Chains' stands out in terms of simplicity and yet somewhat powerful, emotional and heart-wrenching track (sang as a duet with Oleta Adams and Roland Orzabal).
The additional tracks on this album are somewhat of a mismatch, but worth the listening, especially 'Johnny Panic and the Bibles of Dream', whose title is lifted from a Silvia Plath book of the same name. The verse of this song is taken straight from the 'Seeds of Love' and sang in 'rap' style over a typical Tears For Fears melodic riff and drumloop.
Finally the re-mastering on this album is nothing short of amazing, thanks to Chris Hughes, who was the producer of 'Songs from the Big Chair', and who has taken a lot of care into making this re-release a true gem for fans of Tears For Fears and music lovers everywhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales from Topographic Tears For Fears, 26 Jan 2014
This review is from: The Seeds Of Love (Audio CD)
So there was prog-rock... that (almost) got killed by punk, then there was new romantic. Tears for Fears took the new romantic vision, gave it a punk nihilism, and overlaid it with a progrock musical sensibility. A pretty volatile combination, and no wonder this, the "difficult" third album took so long in production. It is very much a combination of "Sergeant Pepper" and "Tales from Topographic Oceans". Each thought and note, each lyric was agonised over, and Roland's ongoing disturbed youth erupts volcanically throughout the album. Nonetheless, the musicianship on the album (Phil Collins on drums - surprised anyone??) is utterly exemplary - as glorious, and as accurate as a Gustav Holst score. Nothing more than needed, nothing less than required. There is punk energy, there is jazz phrasing, there is classical influence, there is "pop" awareness. And no, it is NOT "all thrown together", it is blended like a fine recipe. You won't ever find it under "easy listening", and it is unlikely anyone else will EVER cover any of the tracks on this album. That's not the point. This is truly great, and as hard to LISTEN to and GET INTO as anything by Kate Bush. But sheer bloody minded determination drove this album to its achievement. If you have the current-music-scene attention span of a goldfish (Justin Bieber? One Direction anyone?), then it is unlikely you will ever admire this album. But that's your tough luck. This is music that demands participation!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, 23 Feb 2004
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This review is from: The Seeds Of Love (Audio CD)
TFF's 3rd album is very different from the first two, with
wonderful added vocals by Oleta Adams on the very lovely ballad 'Woman in Chain's', along with the great beatlesque song 'Sowing the seeds of love' and the very nice 'Advice for the young at heart' you have a snapshot of the end of the 80's. But to me the standout song wasn't a single.
The brilliant song 'Badman's song' to me is the real standout track, but added with this remastered addition is the very catchy 'Always in the Past' so you are left with the usual mixture as with any TFF album, catchy, deeply personal also melancholic songs.
TFF were such a great band, this is just another great album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favourite album, 3 Aug 2001
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This review is from: The Seeds Of Love (Audio CD)
This is the Year of the Knife - GO WILD!!!!! Fantastic stuff - the album flows along beautifully. Sheer musical genius and definitely Tears For Fears' best work. The guest appearance of Oleta Adams gives great soul to the album. Buy this and the sister album - Oleta's 'Circle of One', and you are guaranteed total satisfaction!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This will test your sound system, 29 Jan 2013
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Derek Ian Elder (Edinburgh, Sotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Seeds of Love (Audio CD)
I was just about to play this and thought I'd check what I said about it years ago only to discover I hadn't reviewed it on Amazon after all! Anyway, I first heard this when my girlfriend and I got together over 20 years ago. TFF were just a few singles for me before that and I hadn't paid much attention to their comings and goings. I just found the whole thing stunning and still do. I can accept that some don't like this song or that song, but for me it's the production that makes this album. My girlfriend had a big-speaker 1980s sound system in those days and this tested it to capacity. We still have those speakers somewhere and I really must hook them up again.
If you are serious about the quality of your sound reproduction [and most of us aren't in the days of lossy and compressed music] then take a copy of this around if you're buyng new equipment. 'Women in Chains' has such depth it really will tell you how good the amp and speakers are!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st class pressing., 31 Mar 2013
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This album replaced an old damaged second hand copy which I had for many years. I already owned several other albums pressed by Mobile Fidelity and although not the cheapest, you know quality is first class. When this was delivered I wasn't disappointed and you know you are hearing it the way it was ment to be heard.
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