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  • Summary: A reunited Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal return with their first Tears For Fears album together in 15 years.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Everybody Loves a Happy Ending is a polychromatic, sweeping collection of gorgeous guitar-pop gems, a clever and harmonious amusement park filled with fun rides listeners will want to board over and over.
  2. Everybody Loves a Happy Ending will do little to convert those who winced at Orzabal and Smith's obtuse lyrics and over the top production the first time around, but loyal followers, fans of XTC's Apple Venus, Pt. 1, and lovers of intricately arranged and artfully executed pop music will find themselves delightfully consumed by this enigmatic group's final (?) chapter.
  3. 80
    A guilty, gleeful indulgence. [May 2004, p.93]
  4. All that's missing is the tunes - title track aside, the hummability factor is nil.
  5. 60
    Has lingering '80s elements, with some pompous lyrics, laborious arrangements and long, drawn-out vowel sounds, yet it is also fresher and less strenuous than before. [Apr 2004, p.114]
  6. To put into context, it’s a damn sight less disappointing than the new Duran Duran folly, and over time even many of the lesser tracks begin to sink in to the psyche.

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  1. Positive: 43 out of 43
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 43
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  1. Jan 13, 2014
    10
    Probably the best pop album I've ever listen to, TFF mixes all the best flower psychedelic pop of the latest 60 (Beatles, Byrds, Zombies) with new sound and the result is absolutely incredible. A masterpiece. Expand
  2. Sep 22, 2011
    10
    Picking up right where the Seeds of Love left off, Curt and Roland show why they are such solid songwriters. Both vocals from the vocals are fantastic and they are not afraid to mix things up a bit. Who Killed Tanagerine is uplifting, and one of the strongest tracks on the album. While I thoroughly enjoyed Ronald's solo work through the 90's, this album is true Tears for Fears one can hope that these guys continue to give the world proper music, as they always have done. Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2010
    9
    A excelent album on bad times of music. "Everybody Loves A Happy Ending" isn't the best of Tears For Fears, but this album has something that others haven't in actually... emotions and a music content that a lot of people love in music. But a lot of people don't know that it exist. Expand

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