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A nice souvenir,
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This review is from: Secret World - Live Paris 2005 (CD & DVD) (Audio CD)
I enjoyed Tears for Fears in the 80's, and passed the enthusiasm onto my daughter who grew up with them, although we ignored them after the split following The Seeds Of Love. But when they reformed a few years ago and released Everybody Loves A Happy Ending, we were really pleased to hear it as a return to form, with all the same features present and correct: strong melodies, great arrangements and unforgettable hooks. To be able to see them play these fantastic new songs (and their classics) live on their UK tour after such a long time was a dream come true, and this set provides a nice souvenir of that show.
All of their best tracks are featured and, although there's only five of them in the band onstage, they seem to have no difficulty in producing the wide-screen sound of the album - or, indeed "Seeds of Love", whose title track features a production thats almost Spectoresque in its scope (if I hadn't heard them do it live, I'd've suspected that some extensive post-production had been invoked). It all sounds good, so it's a shame to hear Curt Smith's pitch wavering somewhat in places (I remember this happening in concert as well, particularly on his nice solo number "Snow Hill"), which jars oddly with the sumptuous backing.
The additional DVD is a nice touch, offering more or less the same set as the CD, and it too has been put together really well: more than just a concert video, it uses a variety of special effects and processing to produce a film that it's possible to watch more than once (unlike many videos of this kind) without feeling that emotion that familiarity often breeds.