Tears For Fears - The Tipping Point
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2022 Ratings: #62 / 330
User Score
Based on 369 ratings
2022 Ratings: #194
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Record Collector

Ultimately, it’s a cathartic celebration of life co-created by someone who’s survived a traumatic experience. More importantly, it shows how heartbreak, suffering and tragedy can be refashioned into transcendent art.

100
The Independent
The synth-pop band’s first album in 17 years billows with the widescreen ambitions of their foundational decade.
90
Classic Rock
Forty years after forming, TFF seek another happy ending.
90
Spill Magazine
Their solo efforts are fine and enjoyable, but when they work together as they have here, albeit with outside writers, musicians and producers, they create a sound and art that is outstanding.
89
Spectrum Culture
It may not be the greatest album Tears for Fears ever made, but it is too damn close for any fan to wallow in disappointment.
80
Uncut
Chart-topping duo’s first since 2004 offers plenty to shout about.
80
Mojo
The more chances Tears For Fears take, the more they thrive, and they take chances here: seems like a new album was a good idea after all.
80
PopMatters

The Tipping Point is a joyous reminder of their one-of-a-kind partnership, and it should be celebrated by old and new fans alike.

80
Under The Radar

Their first record since 2004, The Tipping Point, is clean, respectfully confident, and actually has a purpose that justifies its subtle grandiosity.

80
The Arts Desk
Their voices are less mannered, the romantic sonic sweep is more lush, it sounds like they are enjoying the studio for its own sake.
80
The Irish Times

It ultimately inspires and uplifts. After the darkest hour, The Tipping Point ultimately offers euphoric melancholy after all.

80
Clash
A vastly collaborative experience, the difficult nature of the sonics is matched by the joy unravelling them – our only hope is it doesn’t take the band two decades to conjure a follow up.
80
AllMusic

This set is a classic-sounding Tears for Fears record, one that makes the listener take emotional, spiritual, and mental inventory of their inner world even as the one outside roils with trouble, violence, and madness.

80
Albumism

The Tipping Point is an album that takes a few listens to really discover all the hidden gems it contains.

75
Entertainment Weekly
Offering their own spin on modern electro-pop, the masterful '80s duo return from a long hiatus with plenty of gas left in the tank.
75
Pitchfork
The legendary pop duo’s first new album in 18 years approaches the challenges of middle life with familiar sensitivity and shared intimacy. It’s a strikingly unguarded and forthright record.
73
Beats Per Minute
Some tracks are perhaps a little too polished, too – taking the radio friendly gleam factor down a notch or two may have allowed for the rawness of the emotions to be more to the fore, more visceral and exposed.
70
musicOMH

The Tipping Point manages to straddle the band’s past (the very early days aside) and stride on into present times, and that in itself should be enough to please more than one generation of Tears For Fears fans.

70
American Songwriter

While there are few moments that challenge the band’s finest work, let alone justify the extended wait for new music, The Tipping Point reaffirms TFF’s collaborative talents.

60
The Observer
The veteran pop duo process difficult times on this beautifully crafted, if not quite catchy, new album.
pedrosabe16
82

Imagine being 39 years into your career and releasing music this good.

daltdisney
60

What ‘The Tipping Point’ lacks that made Tears For Fears’ original work so impactful is some edge in the production. Either as a result of studio equipment evolving so much in the years since, or perhaps because these two have outlived caring about aesthetic (I choose to believe the former), this is far too polished. The album feels like it’s mostly void of personality which should never be the case for any album from two masterminds of ‘80s pop

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AngelHerntz
65

Creo que, y en el creer cabe un amplio margen de equivocación, el favorable recibimiento de The Tipping Point se debe en gran medida a que Tears For Fears fue una importante dupla en los 80's y 90's en el panorama musical. Y ahora a más de diez años de su último trabajo es un sentimiento de añoranza el que predomina tanto en el álbum como en la percepción de la audiencia. Y es muy valido, es una forma más de percibir la música. Otra ... read more

CYM
46

Otro regreso más a la lista de vueltas fallidas. Tampoco es que se pudiera esperar mucho de un grupo que falleció desde The Seeds of Love, allá por el 1989, a tenor de los posteriores trabajos publicados. En fin, disco aburrido que no aporta nada.
Mejores temas: The Tipping Point, Long, Long, Long Time y Rivers of Mercy.

thgoduquesantin
77

Lindo????? Moderno e nostálgico ao mesmo tempo, extremamente natural, curadoria cuidadosa de produção/tracklist/temática. Acertaram muito.

Yaysuz
55

Nostalgia got the critics acting up.

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Track List

1No Small Thing
4:42
75
2The Tipping Point
4:13
81
3Long, Long, Long Time
4:31
77
4Break The Man
3:55
75
5My Demons
3:08
69
6Rivers Of Mercy
6:08
82
7Please Be Happy
3:05
75
8Master Plan
4:37
78
9End Of Night
3:23
76
10Stay
4:36
73
Total Length: 42 minutes
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Added on: October 7, 2021