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EVERYBODY LOVES A HAPPY ENDING Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (24 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Gut
  • ASIN: B00070DKTG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Of all the benefits of picking up the new Tears for Fears album, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending--the band's first since 1989--maybe the least obvious is looking cool in front of friends. Flick it on over cocktails, say, and brows will furrow: few would think to match the heaving, synth-heavy boys who lit up the '80s to this new material. Which is mostly a good thing. The vocals of lead singer Roland Orzabal, powered by some all-cylinders thing, still squash all traces of irony in their path, and there's a moodiness to the music, minus a lot of the old broodiness, that borders on the masterly. Yet the sound has changed completely. Old-school overproduction has fallen away in favour of real guitars, pounding pianos, and a melody-driven, Beatles-y sensibility. It's there on the title track and first single "Call Me Mellow," and only slightly eclipsed by something pleasantly Bacharach-ish on "Secret World." Everybody who loves a happy ending will find one here: Tears for Fears skirts the has-been trap impressively, translating years of experience into play-it-again, sophisticated modern pop worth paying attention to. --Tammy La Gorce

BBC Review

In many regards, history has been unexpectedly kind to Tears For Fears. Their older records have aged surprisingly well, even if the videos would be better preserved in concrete underground. What exactly were those Karate Kid moves all about?

Everybody Loves A Happy Ending marks the first proper Tears For Fears record since The Seeds Of Love, and what is most striking at first is how little different it sounds. At some point, in the late 1980s it seems, Roland Orzabal fell in love with Brian Wilson and left the DX7s to gather dust. And the result was ecstasy...no, sorry, I meant the result was XTC.

It would be rather undignified to return now with sweatbands aloft (they are, after all, in their mid-forties). It is curious, though, how such classic purveyors of the electro-pop duo template have ended up comfortably snuggled up in their parents' record collection. The primal screams have evidently given way to big soft cuddles. And with such sweet natured psychedelic gems as "Call Me Mellow", Everybody Loves A Happy Ending is definitely this year's best World Party album, if not the best Tears For Fears one. --Chris Hilliard

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And so they returned to us at last. Firstly, lets put the cynical and lazy critics straight on the facts - Tears For Fears did NOT reform after the success of Gary Jules' version of "Mad World" in 2003. Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith had decided to end their decade-long feud ("the biggest sulk of all time") and buried the hatchet back in 2000 when they began writing and recording new material on a transatlantic basis (Smith lives in the US, Orzabal still lives in the UK). The album took over two years to complete and its release was then delayed further due to record company entanglements. Eventually they secured a UK deal with the small independent label Gut Records, but with no major label behind them to wave the corporate magic wand and place their opening single "Closest Thing To Heaven" into the top ten, the release of both single and album became a somewhat muted event with little publicity or fanfare. In all fairness, TFF themselves neglected to put much effort into promotion during the UK release in early 2005 other than a video, a couple of minor television appearances and only a week of live concert dates. They spent far longer promoting the album in the US (released six months earlier), no doubt hoping to replicate the huge success they'd first enjoyed there some twenty years before. Their efforts were in vain this time around though, and perhaps this tired them out by the time they eventually began promotion in the UK. The choice of single to be released here first was also perhaps not the wisest, and even though "Closest Thing To Heaven" is mostly a great song, it does have a weak chorus and isn't the best primer for the album.Read more ›
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From the opening bars of "Everybody Loves a Happy Ending" this is pure TFF - and that's got to be a good thing. It's there, building on the sound that grew from "Songs from the Big Chair" through the temperamentally-challenged "Sowing the Seeds", a regretfully overlooked album that contained some great songs - give it another listen and see!
This new collection is full of musical references, passionately crafted songs, infectious hooks and bears the mark of that instantly recognisable TFF production and attention to detail which, ok, can border on the obsessive, but that's surely no bad thing when it results in a product as beautiful as this.
Listening to it is an experience for the head, the feet and the soul, and heaps rewards on the listener with each play. Tears For Fears don't make instantly disposable music, and there's the rub: where is it going to get played, where are you going to get to hear it?
"Closest Thing to Heaven" - as glorious a chunk of joyous intelligent pop-type stuff as you're ever likely to hear - and "Secret World" are obvious singles, but I can't see them getting on those ridiculous radio playlists. More's the pity, and it's a sad indictment of the state of our music business, because we need bands like TFF to keep the integrity in British rock music alive.We should be able to see an artist grow and develop, not get their 15 minutes of chart success then get dropped because they didn't enter the charts top 3 with a bullet. The ever growing roster of artists unable to get a contract is disturbing, to say the least.
The tragic thing is that this enjoyable and totally rewarding album could be ignored when it should be gracing each and every discerning music lover's collection. Just do yourself a big favour, go out and grab a copy - and play it to your friends/ relatives/ pets........you'll never be lonely again!
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... but I felt compelled to say something about this brilliant album.
As a Tears for Fears fan since my teens, I bought it as a matter of course, and on first hearing thought it was ok, if a bit derivative.
By the third listen I was hooked. I can't remember the last time I heard a body of songs as melodic, imaginative and varied - even now I've owned it for four months, I play it over and over and spot something new every time.
This deserves to be a massive hit - very highly recommended.
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It's difficult to describe how I feel about this LP - the band's first together since the much-publicised divorce in 1992. I can however say with all certainty that this is most certainly their best offering to-date. It's never been out of my in-car CD player in all honesty, and justifyably so. Once you get around the plethora of cliches in the opening and title track it's actually a good if rather eclectic song in the mould of 'Sowing the seeds of love', peppered with Beatlesque references. My early favourite- the first single 'Closest thing to Heaven' has now made way in my affections for deeper, more lyrical songs such as the divine 'Size of sorrow' and the tuneful 'Secret World'. 'Who killed Tangerine' is pure 'Abbey Road', and 'The Devil' has a menacing title and a deep, mournful tone to it. 'Killing with kindness' is anthemic and should certainly reap a huge hit single as well as being a likely accompaniment to TV adverts and sports events with its catchy chorus. 'Ladybird' has a more retro feel to it and sounds like a lost track from 1985's 'Songs from the big chair'. The truth is every one's a little gem in its own right. MISS THIS ALBUM AT YOUR PERIL.
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