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Main » 2010 » July » 14 » Tears For Fears - Raoul And The Kings Of Spain (1995)
Tears For Fears - Raoul And The Kings Of Spain (1995)

Artist: Tears for Fears
Album: Raoul and the Kings of Spain
Released: 1995
Source: Epic
Genre: pop rock/new wave
Format: eac.ape.302mb


The second Tears for Fears album following Curt Smith's departure finds Roland Orzabel treading water (and self-consciously deep water at that). Long removed from the simple, melodic melancholy of the band's early work and abandoning the mid-period Beatles-influenced pop, Raoul and the Kings of Spain often borders on progressive rock. There's some genuinely pretty, if unexciting, music like the piano-driven ballad "Secrets," with it's soaring guitar line, and the gentle "Sketches of Pain." Unfortunately, everything is undone by Orzabel's lyrics (mostly co-written with guitarist/keyboardist Alan Griffiths). There seems to be a lack of ideas that cannot be concealed by the words, which are either inscrutable or embarrassingly silly ("What's the matter with your life/Did someone come and shoot your wife," he asks on "Sorry"). Listeners on both sides of the Atlantic couldn't be bothered and the act's commercial fortunes fell even further.

Track List:
1 Raoul and the Kings of Spain Griffiths, Orzabal 5:15
2 Falling Down Griffiths, Orzabal 4:55
3 Secrets Griffiths, Orzabal 4:41
4 God's Mistake Griffiths, Orzabal 3:47
5 Sketches of Pain Griffiths, Orzabal 4:20
6 Los Reyes Católicos Griffiths, Orzabal 1:44
7 Sorry Griffiths, Orzabal 4:48
8 Humdrum and Humble Griffiths, Orzabal 4:10
9 I Choose You Griffiths, Orzabal 3:25
10 Don't Drink the Water Griffiths, Orzabal 4:51
11 Me and My Big Ideas Griffiths, Orzabal 4:32
12 Los Reyes Católicos (Reprise) Griffiths, Orzabal 3:43


EAC extraction logfile from 28. April 2006, 20:13 for CD
Tears For Fears / Raoul And The Kings Of Spain

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