Songs from the Big Chair

Tears For Fears - Songs from the Big Chair
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
1985 Ratings: #14 / 87
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Based on 186 ratings
1985 Ratings: #8
Liked by 7 people
February 25, 1985 / Release Date
LP / Format
Phonogram / Mercury / Label
New Wave, Synthpop / Genres
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Synth-pop was all the rage in the 80s; with bands like Depeche Mode, The Human League, and Duran Duran contributing to the cause. But the sound that Tears For Fears brought to the table was something a bit different. It wasn't your average synth-pop, just as they weren't your average pop duo. Their sound was so much more mature than what was typical of pop at that time. Songwriting from Orzabal includes some very sophisticated lyricism and the melodies never failed to be ear worms.

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One of those rare records that is so obviously a product of its time, yet it holds up regardless. Every melody here is so easy on the ears and catchy, but Tears For Fears don’t completely lose the melancholy and underlying darkness that made for the most interesting music of the time. It’s because of albums like Songs from the Big Chair that some of the most popular artists today are still going back the 80s for inspiration, even if many of them seem to miss what made the best music ... read more
Surprised this project doesn't get brought up a lot in talks about iconic new wave and synthpop releases
anthemic pop that was omnipresent in 1985. easy to dismiss due to their mainstream popularity but this is a superior pop record full of great hooks and iconic moments.
I’ve had this record on a loop as of late. Songs, particularly “Shout,” seem to be even more relevant during these times. Tears For Fears created music that transcended beyond their generation. Songs from the Big Chair is a timeless record, which will be understood after one listen.

Favorites: Shout, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Head Over Heels / Broken, Listen
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Track List

  1. Shout
  2. The Working Hour
  3. Everybody Wants to Rule the World
  4. Mothers Talk
  5. I Believe
  6. Broken
  7. Head Over Heels / Broken
  8. Listen
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Added on: June 2, 2013