Tears for Fears ‘The Hurting’ released on this day in 1983

Tears-For-Fears-The-Hurting-116745

Tears for Fears debut album ‘The Hurting’ was released on this day in 1983, it contained their first 3 singles “Mad World“, “Change“, and “Pale Shelter“.

Below is the original review for the album by David Fricke in Rolling Stone Magazine:

By David Fricke

July 7, 1983

Britain’s Tears for Fears stand out among the current crop of identikit synth-pop groups by virtue of their resourceful, stylish songwriting and fetching rhythmic sway. Granted, the adolescent angst and bleak, pained romanticism of singer-instrumentalists Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal sometimes come off as an adequate imitation of Joy Division, at best. But for every lapse into sackcloth-and-ashes anguish on The Hurting, the duo’s debut album, there is a heady, danceable pop tune like “Change.” On that track, a breathless core riff and nervous percussion accelerate the song’s strong disco pulse. And on both “Mad World” and “Pale Shelter,” beguiling hooks and panoramic guitar effects suck the listener into dizzy whirlpools of cleverly synthesized orchestration. “Start of the Breakdown” is a successful venture into artier territory, a macabre play-by-play of emotional collapse that’s heightened by the stark contrast of exotic percussion flourishes and a bleak, descending keyboard motif.

Tears for Fears may be too concerned with their own petty traumas, but it is a testimony to their refined pop instincts that they manage to produce this much pleasure from the pain.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Tears For Fears and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s