Following a sold-out summer arena tour highlighted by their triumphant UK return in front of 65,000-plus fans as special guests of The Killers during British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park, Tears For Fears — Roland Orzabal (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Curt Smith (vocals, bass, keyboards) — closed out 2017 with the recent release of their first career-spanning Greatest Hits album, Rule The World, on November 10, 2017 on UMe.
Not only does Rule The World feature classics such as “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” “Shout,” “Mad World,” “Head Over Heels,” “Woman In Chains,” and more, but it also boasts the first original music from the duo since 2004.
This year, they recorded two new tracks, “I Love You But I’m Lost” and “Stay,” for inclusion on this collection. The single “I Love You But I’m Lost” bristles with the enigmatic energy of classic Tears For Fears, while the subtle acoustic “Stay” ranks among their most emotional fare. Both fit comfortably alongside the anthems that have defined three generations. In fact, you can listen to “I Love You But I’m Lost” here.
Sources say this new music hints at some “bigger plans” for Tears For Fears in 2018 and beyond. We here at HRAC hope that more hi-res 96/24 and 5.1 mixes of the vaunted TFF catalog will be forthcoming to join the stellar hi-res surround sound work Steven Wilson did for the 30th anniversary edition of their seminal 1985 release, Songs From the Big Chair.
TEARS FOR FEARS: RULE THE WORLD
1. Everybody Wants To Rule The World
3. I Love You But I’m Lost*
4. Mad World
5. Sowing The Seeds Of Love
6. Advice For The Young At Heart
7. Head Over Heels
8. Woman In Chains
11. Pale Shelter
12. Mothers Talk
13. Break It Down Again
14. I Believe
15. Raoul And The Kings Of Spain
16. Closest Thing To Heaven
*new for 2017
ABOUT TEARS FOR FEARS
Beyond selling 30 million albums worldwide, performing to countless sold out audiences, and winning various awards, the DNA of Tears For Fears — Roland Orzabal (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Curt Smith (vocals, bass, keyboards) — remains embedded within three generations of artists. Quietly casting a shadow over rock, hip-hop, electronic dance music, indie, and beyond, their music has been sampled by Kanye West, The Weeknd, David Guetta, Drake, and more, while getting covered by Lorde, Adam Lambert, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Gary Jules, and Disturbed, to name a few. Meanwhile, classic songs figure prominently everywhere from The Wire and Donnie Darko to Straight Outta Compton and Mr. Robot.
Representing an inimitable intersection of pop palatability, clever and cognizant lyricism, guitar bombast, and new wave innovation, their catalog spans a string of classic album, namely the gold-certified debut The Hurting (1983), quintuple-platinum BRIT Award-winning Songs From the Big Chair (1985), and The Seeds of Love (1989). The latter proved to be Roland and Curt’s last collaboration together until Everybody Loves A Happy Ending in 2004, which rekindled the creative fire between them. Breaking another quiet spell, the boys engaged in a 3-year touring whirlwind across North America, Japan, South Korea, Manila, and South America, beginning in 2010.
And then, 2013 saw them return with their first recorded music in a decade: a cover of Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start.” It proved to be a welcome addition to their 3-decade discography of immortal hits ranging from “Mad World,” “Change,” and “Pale Shelter” to “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” “Shout,” “Sowing The Seeds of Love,” and “Everybody Loves A Happy Ending.” Following a sold-out 2017 co-headline tour with Hall & Oates and standout sets at Rock In Rio and “British Summer Time” in Hyde Park, they release their first official career-spanning Greatest Hits collection, the above-noted Rule The World.