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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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Everybody Loves A Happy Ending
Toe the line Toe the line Wake up, your time is nearly over No more the supernova And no action guaranteed Wake up, you've had an operation Ideals... See the rest of the song lyrics
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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. Mojo
    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. Apr 28, 2018
    10
    I've never understood why critics love to hate Tears for Fears. Fourteen years (?!) later, "Everybody Loves A Happy Ending" remains one ofI've never understood why critics love to hate Tears for Fears. Fourteen years (?!) later, "Everybody Loves A Happy Ending" remains one of the best pop-rock albums of the millennium. The melodies are crisp and direct, the are songs playful and often feel effortlessly crafted, and the arrangements and production are top-notch.
    This isn't the TFF of the 1980s -- they left the angst behind with young adulthood -- but there's plenty to dig into and enjoy.
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  2. JamesC
    Jun 15, 2005
    10
    A++ in pop music! I don't understand the critic
  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. HYMMA
    Jun 10, 2007
    10
    we all were waiting for it, a rainbow of feelings
  5. Reggie
    Oct 18, 2004
    9
    One of the most welcome reunions of alltime is trumped by their finished product. Fascinating material, if you like surreal lyrics, swirling One of the most welcome reunions of alltime is trumped by their finished product. Fascinating material, if you like surreal lyrics, swirling sounds capped by audio imagery .... this is your cup of tea. Expand
  6. Oct 12, 2015
    9
    Takes a few spins, something the critics obviously didn't bother investing in, but once it hits home, it's there for the long haul. EasilyTakes a few spins, something the critics obviously didn't bother investing in, but once it hits home, it's there for the long haul. Easily their best album since The Big Chair. Yes it's that good. Sophisticated, as they've always been. Expand
  7. TonyS
    Sep 15, 2004
    8
    I sure more to come

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