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  • Audio CD
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B001L9FZAY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you like a band, generally you will like any release of theirs.
Elemental, saw TFF minus Curt Smith, but as principal writer Roland Orzabal's craft is on show again.
Its just a really great album, the single 'Break it down again' was instantly catchy and the title track is perhaps the album's best track, but another gem is the tribute to Brian Wilson, which is not only charming, but has a certain TFF's and Beach Boys feel to it, making it having its own unique sound, after all Brian Wilson's music from 'Pet Sounds' onwards was deep, sentimental and melancholic, very much like Roland Orzabal's, but like Brian Wilson's always listenable.
This album fits nicely with all other TFF albums and though not having the commercial stature of the groups previous three albums, this stand nicely alongside them.
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Elemental marked several key changes in the history of Tears For Fears. Released in 1993, it adopted a more "corporate rock" approach in comparison to their previous albums, and was also the first TFF album to be made entirely without Curt Smith, who departed the band a couple of years earlier. Although no longer with Smith and keeping the Tears For Fears name for himself, Roland Orzabal was far from alone in the making of this album, as he enlisted the assistance of Alan Griffiths (formerly of short-lived 80's band The Escape, which incidentally included ex TFF collaborator Nicky Holland), and Tin Machine's Tim Palmer. The results are satisfying, though not nearly as varied or creative as 1989's "Seeds of Love" album.
The first single off the album "Break It Down Again", is a poppy, tuneful, radio-friendly, and (strangely) very optimistic song, and (lyrically) was definitely in keeping with the well publicised split in the band during that era. The second single "Cold" may pull us back to Orzabal's obsession with The Beatles with it's production style, but the song itself is a classic and possibly my favourite TFF single ever. Sadly not a hit (probably more due to poor marketing and airplay rather than quality), "Cold" is filled with traditionally icy TFF melancholy, Beatles-esque vocals, dramatic Simple Minds-esque guitar work, and also backed with a wonderful promo video. The title track of the album, "Elemental", is also one of the best TFF tracks ever recorded, and is again crafted with that intriguing 'frozen-yet-catchy' quality, that is characteristic of much of Orzabal's work.
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This is the fourth Tears For Fears album, and the first without Curt Smith. In fact, this is Roland Orzabal's first solo album, but for some reason, he decided to keep the name Tears For Fears on release (most likely for marketing reasons).
'Elemental' is the type of album that grows on you after a few listening, and as a package all the songs hold pretty well together, but don't expect anything like the first three albums. A departure from the 'live' feel of 'Sowing the Seeds of Love', Roland returns to drum machines and programming, this time with lyrics that are somewhat obscure in parts and have a 'poetic' quality to them. There are some nice melodies in there but certainly nothing strong enough for commercial radio, which is not necessarily a bad thing since it has given Roland the freedom to experiment more freely without feeling constraint with writing a 'hit'. Having said that, 'Break it Down Again' was a popular tune on alternative radio stations when it first came out, and is more typical of what Tears For Fears purists would expect.
Finally, for fans, listening to 'Fish Out of Water' is somewhat disheartening, since 'Fish' is a reference to Curt Smith, and the whole song is nothing more than a backstabbing session on the former band member. For the record, Curt Smith took his revenge with a song titled 'Words' in his first solo album 'Soul on Board', a personal attack on Roland Orzabal about his delusion of grandeur and philosophical superiority. Good to hear that they've now got back together for a new album 'Everybody Loves a Happy Ending' due in April 2004.
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Not just a good Tears For Fears album possibly THE BEST Tears For Fears Album created entirely by Roland Orzabal after Curt Smith left in 1990.

Stunning singles and highly atmospheric instrumentals add together to create one of the best albums of the 90's and New Wave Genre.

A musical master class in how to compose, arrange and present your art form.

Highly Recommended.
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This is the fourth Tears For Fears album, and the first without Curt Smith. In fact, this is Roland Orzabal's first solo album, but for some reason, he decided to keep the name Tears For Fears on release (most likely for marketing reasons).
'Elemental' is the type of album that grows on you after a few listening, and as a package all the songs hold pretty well together, but don't expect anything like the first three albums. A departure from the 'live' feel of 'Sowing the Seeds of Love', Roland returns to drum machines and programming, this time with lyrics that are somewhat obscure in parts and have a 'poetic' quality to them. There are some nice melodies in there but certainly nothing strong enough for commercial radio, which is not necessarily a bad thing since it has given Roland the freedom to experiment more freely without feeling constraint with writing a 'hit'. Having said that, 'Break it Down Again' was a popular tune on alternative radio stations when it first came out, and is more typical of what Tears For Fears purists would expect.
Finally, for fans, listening to 'Fish Out of Water' is somewhat disheartening, since 'Fish' is a reference to Curt Smith, and the whole song is nothing more than a backstabbing session on the former band member. For the record, Curt Smith took his revenge with a song titled 'Words' in his first solo album 'Soul on Board', a personal attack on Roland Orzabal about his delusion of grandeur and philosophical superiority. Good to hear that they've now got back together for a new album 'Everybody Loves a Happy Ending' due in April 2004.
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