Tears For Fears
songs from the big chair (2014 reissue)
Tears for Fears perfectly captured the zeitgeist of the mid-'80s while impossibly managing to also create a dreamy, timeless pop classic - one of the finest statements of the decade.
If 'The Hurting' was mental anguish, 'Songs from the Big Chair' marks the progression towards emotional healing, a particularly bold sort of catharsis culled from Roland Orzabal & Curt Smith's shared attraction to primal scream therapy. The album also heralded a dramatic maturation in the band's music, away from the synth-pop brand with which it was (unjustly) seared following the debut & towards a complex, enveloping pop sophistication. The songwriting of Orzabal, Smith & keyboardist Ian Stanley took a huge leap forward, drawing on reserves of palpable emotion and lovely, protracted melodies that draw just as much on soul and R&B music as they do on immediate pop hooks.
*** The six-disc deluxe edition box set features a multitude of remixes & B-sides, plus a disc of nine previously unreleased tracks and a 5.1 surround sound version of the album mixed by four-time Grammy nominee, Steven Wilson. 6-Disc Super Deluxe Edition Box set – features 4-CD & 2-DVD with 30 page replica tour programme and 32 page booklet ***