New Tears for Fears album “The Tipping Point”

The deluxe edition of “The Tipping Point” CD with 3 bonus tracks

Tears for Fears have released their new album The Tipping Point, their first new album since the 2004 release Everybody Loves a Happy Ending. It’s always a thrill for me when one of my favorite artists releases new material, but in this case I am ecstatic. It has been far too long without new music from Tears for Fears. Having grown up with their music in the eighties, I loved watching Tears for Fears grow and evolve as artists and constantly surprise and delight their fans with new musical directions while staying true to the essence of their sound.

A few years ago, their former manager had encouraged Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith to work with younger artists and producers in an effort to expose their music to a younger audience and pursue hit singles in this age of streaming. They did some “speed dating” sessions with some of those artists, but when they had assembled an album, Roland and Curt agreed that it wasn’t what they wanted, so they scrapped it. It had what they thought would be hit singles, but the album didn’t tell a story and wasn’t truly representative of what a Tears for Fears album should be. Tears for Fears amicably parted ways with their management and went back to the drawing board.

Roland and Curt got together for a writing session and the song “No Small Thing” emerged. That song was the impetus that convinced them that there was more music to come, and they continued working on other new songs that would become their brilliant new album The Tipping Point. I’m so glad that they stayed true to themselves and created an album that captures the essence of Tears for Fears. I listened to the album twice this weekend and can’t wait to give it another spin. It’s a beautiful work filled with meaningful, insightful lyrics and the trademark Tears for Fears sound and also evolves into new musical directions.

As for the hit singles that their former manager was looking for, The Tipping Point is packed with at least three songs that could be #1 hits if given the proper exposure. “Break The Man,” “Master Plan,” and “End of Night” all have hooks that will have you humming long after the music stops. But more important than hits and hooks, the songs on The Tipping Point carry weight and provide healing and hope for these crazy times.

Paul Sinclair at Super Deluxe Edition recently conducted an in-depth interview with Roland and Curt in which they discuss The Tipping Point. You can read the interview here:


Song of the Day: “Everything Must Change” by Paul Young

It’s been a few years since I last listened to Paul Young’s superb 1985 album The Secret of Association. I recently bought an autographed copy of the 2-LP Music On Vinyl reissue from the fantastic The signed LP is sold out but I highly recommend that you order the special edition booklet commemorating the album. It’s packed with interviews and commentary, and is still available at this link:

When I revisited this album again yesterday, I was stunned that I had almost forgotten about the track “Everything Must Change”. I remember hearing it only occasionally on the radio in 1985. This song should have been a #1 hit. Apparently it only reached #56 on the Billboard Hot 100 here in the United States, which is a damn shame because this is such a beautiful song. The Brits must have better taste in the case of this song, as the single reached #9 in the United Kingdom. Written by Paul Young and Ian Kewley, “Everything Must Change” is a rare gem of a song that contains lyrics that are as powerful and emotional as the music. Here’s a link to Paul performing the song on Top of the Pops. Enjoy!

Song of the Day: “My Ever Changing Moods” by The Style Council

Every once in a while I stumble upon an eighties song that I somehow neglected to appreciate at the time. I recently rediscovered the song “My Ever Changing Moods” by The Style Council. Originally released as a single, then as a 12-inch single in a longer version, and then again in a stripped-down, piano-and-vocal-only version on their album Cafe Bleu, “My Ever Changing Moods” could easily be on the list of greatest soulful pop songs in history.

What’s truly amazing about this song is how beautiful it sounds across multiple arrangements. Take some time and listen to the four versions below and behold the magic of this Paul Weller composition.

Original single version:

12-inch single version:

Version from the album Cafe Bleu:

2021 orchestral version by Paul Weller accompanied by Jules Buckley and the BBC Symphony Orchestra: