As I’ve had the opportunity to argue many times over on Progarchy, Tears for Fears is my favorite pop band, and I consider Roland Orzabal the greatest living writer of pop music. Huge claims, I know. But, then again, I’m from Kansas, and I’m a Birzer. If I didn’t speak with apparent hyperbole, my brain and soul might just very well explode.
My feelings toward TFF have been with me since I first heard SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR, 32 years ago. If my convictions about TFF and Orzabal have wavered, I’ve not been aware of such.
Seeing them live has only further convinced me in my claims.
The new single–while, to me, surprising in the direction taken–does nothing to alter my previous claims. Now available on iTunes, the new single is the first music the band has released since the 2014 Record Day exclusive EP of three covers, READY BOYS AND GIRLS? Before that, the band had released two new songs as bonus tracks on its 2005 live album, SECRET WORLD.
The new single is a rather direct pop-dance single, with rave-like keyboards, high-pitched vocals, and an anthemic refrain.
For those of us hoping for a brand new album, we’re a bit disappointed, as the new single comes with a new greatest hits package, RULE THE WORLD. A second new single, “Stay,” also appears on RULE THE WORLD (itself, available on November 10, 2017, from Mercury Records).
Let’s hope and pray that the rumored album, THE TIPPING POINT, is still forthcoming.