Tears For Fears
Hurting (Reviewed by Wavemeister):
For Fears 'The Hurting', released in 1983 on Phonogram UK, Synthpop
Ideas As Opiates
Suffer The Children
Watch Me Bleed
Start Of The Breakdown
Fears are among the groups which needed only a few records to become icons
of the 80s.
The first release 'The Hurting' spawned two massive worldwide hits, 'Mad
World' and 'Pale Shelter', setting the stage for a long awaited second
album which became also a great success - 'Songs From The Big Chair' (1985).
The music on 'The Hurting' was infectious Synthpop with dark and gloomy
lyrics, the single outtakes are the best examples. The vocal works of
Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith were pretty variable, from the common style
which was simply expected to accompany the sound of this genre to the
almost 'souly' outbreak on 'Ideas As Opiates'.
From The Big Chair', they changed their sounds towards a more mainstream
and soulful style, peaking at the top spot with the single 'Shout' as
well as with the album. Labouring about four years on the next album,
'The Seeds Of Love' featured another massive beatlesque hit 'Sowing The
Seeds Of Love', but this release was rather seen as the end of an era
instead of starting a new one. Orzabal and Smith parted soon after it,
and the following releases of both artists failed to succeed at the critics
From The Big Chair' was recognized as their most successful album, 'The
Hurting' is the one which contains the essence of an era that promised
to be packed with new sounds and styles.
to this review by DarkWave): This album is one of the finest
of it's kind! Love all the songs on it. A definitive must have.