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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. 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. 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) withProbably 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. BillH
    Apr 27, 2005
    10
    To my ears, this is the finest TFF music ever and one of the finest CDs ever. I can't wait to see them perform Who Killed Tangerine on To my ears, this is the finest TFF music ever and one of the finest CDs ever. I can't wait to see them perform Who Killed Tangerine on next years Oscar show. The chorus that comprises the last half of this song "And when you think it's all over, it's not over" is perhaps the most magnificent sounding musical moment in my lifetime, especially its final iteration. Expand
  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. JeffS
    Feb 10, 2006
    10
    Great CD. Almost on a par with Elemental (one of my favorite albums in any category). Beautiful vocals, guitar, piano and pop sound.
  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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