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A STUNNING TURNING POINT,
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.