Written by Ashley Paskill
On February 25, 2022, Tears For Fears released their latest album, The Tipping Point. This album is their first album since 2004.
Tears For Fears is duo Roland Orzabal on vocals, guitar, and keyboards, and Curt Smith on vocals, bass, and keyboards. The band formed in 1981 and released its debut album in 1983. Since then, they have sold 30 million albums worldwide and have performed to sold-out audiences.
The songs on The Tipping Point album were mixed by the duo and Charlton Pettus, with Tim Palmer mixing the album’s title track. Florian Reutter did the album’s programming and the mastering was done by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound.
Those who are used to the band’s more New Age sound may be surprised to hear more of a pop-rock sound out of this new album than they have done in the past. It is nice to hear some new styles and sounds mixed into their more iconic style of songs.
“My Demons” and “Rivers of Mercy” are two of the darkest songs on the album. They have the most somber lyrics and talk about heavy subjects. Even “Break The Man” talks about breaking the patriarchy, and showcasing the strength of women. The album’s lyrics are so smart and have so many subjects that dive deeper than most music these days.
Even though it has been almost 18 years since Tears For Fears released an album, the wait was worth it. The lyrics are very timely, and it is obvious that this album was not made in a vacuum. The lyrics can be applied to so much that has happened since 2004 and they hit on both personal and world events. Music speaks to what is happening all over, and this album speaks to the world over the past several years. This album is perfect for new and old Tears For Fears fans alike, and it is a perfect album for first-time listeners of the band to check out.
Overall, this album is an incredible display of the band’s growth over the past several years and demonstrates how much they have experimented musically over their music career. The album consists of a kaleidoscope of various genres, emotions, and subjects, so there is a song for everyone. Long-time fans may be shocked by the newer sounds, but they will appreciate the growth of the band.
The album is now available via Concord Records across streaming platforms.
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