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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
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  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. Rich in melody and mood, guitar and piano; it is more rock than pop.
  3. Tears for Fears skirts the has-been trap impressively, translating years of experience into play-it-again, sophisticated modern pop worth paying attention to.
  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. Mar 2, 2015
    10
    The complaint is that it is a bit beatlisc, but to be honest, but of course they were influenced by Sgt. Pepper. Perhaps critics always wantedThe complaint is that it is a bit beatlisc, but to be honest, but of course they were influenced by Sgt. Pepper. Perhaps critics always wanted TFF to revert back to their melancholic hay days. I'm glad they didn't and went out (perhaps?) with something more sanguine. Expand
  2. RichardS
    Jun 2, 2005
    10
    Easily one of the best pop albums of the last 15 years.
  3. WWJW
    Sep 21, 2004
    10
    Wow. Just "wow." I wasn't sure what to expect from TFF after such a long hiatus, but I must say that this album is incredible! Roland Wow. Just "wow." I wasn't sure what to expect from TFF after such a long hiatus, but I must say that this album is incredible! Roland and Curt have delievered something better than anything I could have ever imagined. Welcome back, guys! You were missed. Expand
  4. RichardG
    Nov 7, 2006
    10
    Easily the best album of the year--certainly their best (and on par with) "Songs From the Big Chair" and "Seeds of Love" will leave fans and Easily the best album of the year--certainly their best (and on par with) "Songs From the Big Chair" and "Seeds of Love" will leave fans and objective critics wondering why they split in the first place. Noisy negativists will invariably take the proverbial stance against what is a remarkable wall-of-sound, Beatles-esque achievement marking a glorious return to form with Curt and Roland at the helm having the time of their lives indulging arrangements far superior to anything released over what has been a mostly bland and luridly offensive line-up of inferior albums duly shunned by popular public response. I can only hope and pray that this "Happy Ending" is just a play on words--an ironic stab of the magical collaberation whose magical pen arranged lushly gorgeous new-wave symphonic ear-candy. For those of us who've been salivating for a reunion of these two masters of a genre they masterminded single-handedly, Tears for Fears goes where nobody dares tread in today's current by-numbers pop into a stratosphere of artistry seldom heard in full-length efforts by their contemporaries. My choice for the #1 album of the year, TFF once again challenges the listener to explore musical brilliance far ahead of its time. Nothing comes remotely close to this Holy Grail of the past decade; few releases take the risks of such bombastic opulance. A CD to be cherished and enjoyed multiple times for its sheer audacity, intelligently subtle political statements and dramatically beautiful arrangements, "Everybody Loves a Happy Ending" is only flawed in that it may have been released a decade too early, however, for those with an appreciation of sonic flourishes and a wildly imaginative scope, Tears for Fears offers up a nine-course meal deliciously garnished with futurism and masterfully angellic soundscapes whose fantastic voyage shall be fully realized at the appropriate time. Like most modern art under-appreciated by critical lethargy, "Everybody Loves A Happy Ending" will usher in the next new wave of infinitely superior recordings in its wake. Let us hope this "Ending" is just the beginning of glorious things to come. Expand
  5. GeorgeP
    Oct 13, 2004
    9
    "Everybody Loves A Happy Ending" does have elements of its original based tunes...but mostly the voice of both Curt and Roland have changed "Everybody Loves A Happy Ending" does have elements of its original based tunes...but mostly the voice of both Curt and Roland have changed as expected over the last 15 years, this isn't a bad or a good thing. I find there new album very good indeed but does differentiate between their old albums from the 80's. Expand
  6. 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 thatA 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
  7. TonyS
    Sep 15, 2004
    8
    I sure more to come

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