Raoul And The Kings Of Spain CD
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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.Read more ›
10/10 at least.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Been looking for ages for this as Oleta Adams guest sings on a couple of tracks fantastic service/value for money/disc perfect DelightedPublished 4 months ago by John M Reid
I completely missed this back in 1995, just found it in 2016. A Spanish themed masterpiece with depth, and the best TTF album for sure.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant and so musical. I put this album on in the car, sat at home with a single malt or simply when I am working around the house - it really is superb!!Published 20 months ago by richard
Very pleased all round, everything was easy. Would recommend and use again. A++++++++++++++Published 23 months ago by P. Joyce
There is a mistake. The right way to say "Los Reyes Catalicos" is "Los Reyes Católicos", the meaning is obvious " Catholic Kings".Published on 22 Mar. 2014 by Angel