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Product details

  • Audio CD (17 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cherry Pop
  • ASIN: B002FI2026
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Raoul and the Kings of Spain
  2. Falling Down
  3. Secrets
  4. God's Mistake
  5. Sketches of Pain
  6. Los Reyes Católicos
  7. Sorry
  8. Humdrum and Humble
  9. I Choose You
  10. Don't Drink the Water
  11. Me and My Big Ideas
  12. Los Reyes Católicos (Reprise)
  13. All of the Angels
  14. The Madness of Roland
  15. Queen of Compromise
  16. Until I Drown
  17. War of Attrition
  18. Raoul and the Kings of Spain
  19. Break It Down Again

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This album is one of the best records ever made. It has been slated by critics over the years, with accusations levelled such as "egotistic", "maudlin" and "self-obsessed".
These claims are unfounded and the average listener should buy this album to see for themselves.
It is an album that needs repeated listening to "break it in". At first listen it is hard to pick up the mood, the result being that it sits on the shelf for months on end (this happened to me). But listen some more and concentrate on the musical diversity and craft (ignore the confused lyrics) and you will experience a delicate and varied album like no other record you have ever heard.
Roland Orzabal has produced some amazingly deep pieces in his time, but his work here is excellent.
The opening track is unusual for its slightly discordant harmony that manages to sound acceptable while never quite becoming likeable. Things improve with "Falling Down" which softens the album's mood. "Secrets" adds emotion to the proceedings with some great guitar work. The album then turns to a more "pop-like" sound with "God's Mistake", a clever track with plenty of musical arrangement to keep the most studious of listeners happy. "Sketches of Pain" adds a spanish feel to the record and initiates a biting and moving string of emotions in the listener to prepare for the second half of the album. "Los Reyes Catalicos" is interesting, but becomes tiresome very quickly.
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I bought this album when it first hit the shops back in '95. I listened to it once, was disappointed and put it away for another day. That day arrived last week nearly nine years on whilst sorting through some old boxes of CDs. I put this disc into my player and hit the play button and was shocked to hear an astoundingly wonderful collection of quality music. Why I struggled with it nine years ago but not now is a mystery to me. Perhaps a little maturity, responsibility marriage and childen has changed me? Who knows? All I know is that RATKOS is, like 'Tomcats Screaming Outside', a superb piece of musical work. Both take some getting used to but then pay back the patient listener in spades. 'Me and my Big Ideas', 'Humdrum and Humble' and 'Sketches of Pain', 'God's Big Mistake' and 'I Choose You' are particularly worthy of mention.
10/10 at least.
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Roland (Raul) goes back to his roots!? While this album is sprinkled with a Spanish flavour, pop gems like Gods Mistake and the title track stand out among a coherent and well put together collection. the remastered and expanded issue comes with all the b sides to the singles released and takes this listener back to a time when this established and talented 80's artist was consigned to the naff bin. shame really as the 90's saw many such bands being dismissed when in fact they had honed their skills to an even greater level than in their heyday. however, this is not in the league of their best work, its a great listen if youve got the hit albums and are looking to dig deeper.
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Second Solo Tears For Fears album for Roland Orzabal after Elemental.

Curt Smith left in1990 and moved to America, Roland carried on as TFF and produced 2 great albums, followed by a solo album under his own name, Tomcats Screaming Outside, all are Very VERY Good.

This one is more personal with themes about his life, personal relationships and Spanish Catholic upbringing.

Great songs, great singing - very highly recommended.
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I am not a huge fan of Tears for Fears. I just like them. But this record “Raoul and the Kings of Spain”: Could I name it the unkown diamond in the popmusic? Most likely. It is fabulous album with tremendous good popsongs.

At the time of its release Tears for Fears were already considered as an band from the past. The days of “seeds of love” were already behind. Who cared about Tears for Fears. Who cared for this “Raoul” thing? That’s a pitty, because it’s the band’s best album and one of the most overlooked albums of the nineties. Essentially it is a solo effort by Roland Orzabal because Smith was already not in the band anymore. But then guitarist, vocalist and keyboardplayer Alan Griffiths should also be credited for his contribution to “Raoul”.

But why to say it is so good? Because with “Raoul” we are listening to popmusic songwriting at the best. It has melody, it has structure, it has a-beginning-a-middle-and-an-end, it has details, it is clever. The song “Raoul and the Kings of Spain” is THE Tears for Fears indiepop modern rock ‘n roll song. A full warm power driven guitar riff to be returned in every chorus, with an on top of his form singing Orzabal. Especially in the chorus he rises the volume of his voice to sing repeatedly a close-to-screaming-but-totally-in-control-loud-and-energetic line “Raoul and the Kings of Spain”. At the end eruption it sounds like the song fades away but smoothly changes into the calm “Falling down”. “Secrets” is a up-tempo ballad-like with surprising nice slide guitar.

After these three it continues: Every song is a change in mood and a change in style, but every song connects with the one before and the one after. Everything makes sense, everything is complete. Rock influence, pop influence, classical Spanish guitar influence, minimalized songs, full songs, fast ones, slow ones

Simply, it is a complete d*** good album!
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