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Tears For Fears - The Collection (2003) Retail CD
The Collection is an ideal introduction to Tears for Fears, a band who were made fun of at that time (see The Cure's video to Lets Go to Bed), seen as teenybop. Contrast the fact TFF were a band, who frequently sang about madness & you shake your head when thinking of Blue, Boyzone, or whoever...These 17-tracks are not quite a defintive best of- there have been several of those already- a few key hits aren't here (Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Head Over Heels, Pale Shelter, The Way You Are, Woman in Chains), but there are some more obscure moments from TFF, including the post-Curt Smith delightmore… that was Break It Down Again...The selections from The Seeds of Love show that the Sgt Pepper ambitions were quite novel- certainly better than those exhibited by the dire Oasis! Sowing the Seeds of Love is the best Sgt Pepper-ode since Elvis Costello's...And In Every Home (if we discount Wondermints career!). Other tracks from The Seeds...are like a poppier take on late 80s Talk Talk, notably The Colour of Spring: Year of the Knife & the gorgeous Advice for the Young at Heart...This collection steers clear of Orzabel's interesting ambient/dance experiments (Johnny Panic & the Bible of Dreams, The Body Wah)which were referenced on Groove Armada's Back to Mine compilation. Songs from the Big Chair is well represented, nice to see some alternate versions of tracks- the original take of Mother's Talk (another Beatles reference!), the huge hit Shout (like The Bends on synths!)& the re-recorded single version of I Believe, which sounds sublime now & sounds like a worthy tribute to Robert Wyatt (which it was, if he was listening...)Best of all from Songs...is The Working Hour- an epic track that stands as one of the bands greatest moments, a sweeping dramatic anthem thing...There are four songs from their great debut- single Change, the morose Ideas as Opiates (a curious choice), the wonderful Memories Fade ("but the scars still linger") & the classic single Mad World. Mad World remains a joy, such miserable themes in such a perfect pop form-"the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had" ran the chorus. It now has another life, having been covered by Gary Elwes for the soundtrack of Donnie Darko (2002)- a song used in a key scene in that film. A major quibble when listening to this is, did the compilers not realise that Head Over Heels is also used in another key scene in Donnie Darko? They could have cleaned up on DD-fans getting their TFF kicks!!!The Collection is a good primer in TFF, though it does have some curious omissions; personally I'd plump for the first three albums, especially since they were reissued with bonus tracks galore a year or so ago...Still, if you have no TFF album, get this...for Mad World alone!!
|4||Mother's talk (original single version)|
|5||The working hours|
|7||I believe (soulful re-recording)|
|8||Ideas as opiates|
|9||Year of the knife|
|10||Break it down|
|13||Brian Wilson said|
|14||Sowing the seeds of love|
|15||Always in the past|
|17||Advice for the young at heart|
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