Behold the first Tears for Fears record in fifteen years featuring both original members, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith.
As is the case with any re-formed '80s band, there's a great deal of forced media hype surrounding this, but while the duo's superior songwriting skills survive intact, will today's musical climate properly embrace Happy Ending? They certainly should: It's the most Abbey Road-centric set of tunes the band's ever attempted, and with great songs like "Of Sorrow," "Who Killed Tangerine," and the title track -- the "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" of its time -- it's apparent there's something still thriving in the Tears' dual chemistry. What made and makes this band great is its strong reliance on structured, melody-driven, pop-friendly, accessible, yet authentic and credible tunes. That practice is in full play here, but with music nowadays veering so far away from that, there's little hope that this Happy Ending will be appreciated the way it should.
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