Everybody Loves a Happy Ending

Everybody Loves a Happy Ending

by Tears for FearsTears for Fears

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Overview

Band reunions are often tenuous gatherings, but in the case of Tears for Fears, it's almost as if the 15 years that elapsed between 1989's Sowing the Seeds of Love and 2004's Everybody Loves a Happy Ending were merely a blip. Like previous TFF offerings, the songs on Everybody are warmly informed by the psychedelic pop perfected by Lennon & McCartney and emulated by groups such as XTC and World Party. Fab Four references are plentiful right from the opening track, with its dreamy harmonies, McCartney-like bass line, and ringing-alarm-clock accent. Likewise, the excellent "Who Killed Tangerine?," driven by a swelling chorus and dynamic chord changes, recalls "Let It Be." Curt Smith even sounds eerily like John Lennon throughout the psychedelia-soaked "Killing with Kindness." In addition to their Beatlesque overtures, Smith and partner Roland Orzabal -- who built a lukewarm solo career during TFF's long hiatus -- weave in some stylistic departures, ranging from the vintage soul of "Last Days on Earth" to the U2-reminscent "Quiet Ones." Time apart has done wonders for the Smith-Orzabal pairing, and hopefully Everybody Loves a Happy Ending marks a new beginning for one of the '80s' best-loved duos.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2004
Label: New Door Records
UPC: 0602498631089
catalogNumber: 000304202

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tears for Fears   Primary Artist
Steve Kujala   Flute
Sid Page   Violin
Curt Smith   Multi Instruments
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Paul Buckmaster   Conductor
Joel Derouin   Violin
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Barry Gold   Cello
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Maurice Grants   Cello
Roland Kato   Viola
Peter Kent   Violin
Michael Markman   Violin
Miguel Martinez   Cello
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Roland Orzabal   Multi Instruments
Julian Orzabal   Crowd Noise
Sandra Park   Violin
Joel Peskin   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Charlton Pettus   Multi Instruments
Karie Prescott   Viola
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Evan Wilson   Viola
John Wittenberg   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Lesa Terry   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Brian Geltner   Drums
Bob Peterson   Violin
Kenny Siegal   Guitar,Background Vocals
Norm Hughes   Violin
Denyse Buffman   Viola
Fred Eltringham   Drums
Rudy Stein   Cello
David Washburn   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Julian Hallmark   Violin
Eve Butler   Violin
Bob Becker   Viola
Vahe Hayrikyan   Cello
Dan Smith   Cello
Gwen Snyder   Background Vocals
Laurel Victoria Gray   Crowd Noise
Robert Matsuda   Violin
Alexander Giglio   Background Vocals
Mario de León   Violin
Sarah Parkins   Violin

Technical Credits

Tears for Fears   Producer
Curt Smith   Composer
Paul Buckmaster   Arranger
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Neil Dorfsman   Engineer
Mark O'Donoughue   Engineer
Roland Orzabal   Composer
Charlton Pettus   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Tom Schick   Engineer
Alan Aldridge   Illustrations,Logo Design
Jayce Murphy   Programming

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Everybody Loves a Happy Ending 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Listening to this for the first time was like being wrapped in a warm blanket. This is the TFF we loved and missed. Every track is welcoming and memorable. I cant get it out of my head, and I don't want to!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After 14 years to work out who they are apart, Everybody Loves A Happy Ending shows who they have become together. Lush orchestration, fabulous song writing, attention to detail and a desire to just make great music has come together in this amazing offering. The title track, as well as Closest Thing to Heaven, and Last Days on Earth pick up right where they left off from The Seed of Love. But the themes of the music show how the years and becoming family men have softened the angst. My personal favorite is Ladybird. Whatever yours may be, definitely buy this CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have to say that this album is their best yet. The duo have done it again. The album is full of love and truth. It's not like their last albums, but better. They have written very good songs with very catchy melody. Two very big THUMBS UP!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply one of the best comebacks in recent years. Beatlesque, smooth, clever, nice and easy, with the hooks in their right place. With closed eyes: This is a keeper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LOTS OF GREAT TEARS FOR FEARS HERE!!! SAW THEM LIVE IN AC A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO ! GREAT SHOW!! "Killing with Kindness" a personal favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album it's so pure mature. Tears for fears is back after 15 years and they make it really worth, the songs are so warm and so TFF you must listen to all the songs and you will understand what i mean.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's an amazing album...Just like the old ones...it reminded me from the old TFF albuns. It's worthwhile!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is so great that I have recruited my husband as a TFF fan. This album is top notch, it has been in my CD player since September 14th. By far the sweetest thing I've heard in almost 15 years. --- listen to "Last Days on Earth" you will fall in love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LOUIS LONEN HEADQUARTERS... I grew up in the 80's, the cowboy years. they were great then, they are great now. 20th century masters and beyond! the new album is sensational.It has'nt left my car cd player! everybody loves a happy ending is the perfect title. every body can relate. new and old! gotta go! I'll be back to review the tracks individually. all of them are great!!! Buy It, I highly recommend it!!!!! Lonen out--------
Guest More than 1 year ago
ELAHE is definitly an album that has great lyrics and passes the cruising test. There is not one bad song on this Album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was quite a pleasant suprise..I remember buying their first album years ago..which I still have and love. Since buying "Everybody loves a happy ending" I have yet to stop listening to it. It's truly a remarkable come back for them and long over due.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ELAHE is a great album with 12 great songs, all of them have the perfect sound of TFF.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tears for fears new album Everybody loves a happy ending is a breath of fresh air in this world of cookie cutter sound. The track call me mellow has hit written all over it and reinforces the unique ability of Tears for fears to reinvent themselves as a decisive force on the music scene.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is great album simply because the duo did not reconcile for the sole purpose generating profits or making music to push a new album out. Instead, the album is an incredible compilation of what Curt and Roland has both created, learned and experienced together as a band and individually through their own solo efforts. The album has a mature feel to it, yet it can appeal to younger audiences as well. Many good bands evolve beyond their former music genre and TFF continues to create music that does not fall short of magnificent with this album. While the Beatles and ELO influences are obviously felt, they managed to turn this musical style into something completely original and enjoyable. Not only is the album extraordinary from start to finish, but how many albums do you find in today's market with more than 2 good songs on it? My personal favorite tracks are Call Me Mellow, Quiet Ones, Secret World, Killing With Kindness. Furthermore, Ladybird, Who Killed Tangerine, Who You Are, & Closest Thing to Heaven are also excellent tracks. With over 80% of the tracks named, this indeed an exceptional album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this album I have it in my car CD player and in my CD player in the house. Love it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album really would have been a HUGE hit if tears for fears was still in the spot light but at least i got to hear it. Like all the tears for fears albums the songcrafting is terrific and even if this isn't a revolution in the tears for fears sound it is without question proof that the band is still very relevant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While a few cynics may dislike Tears For Fears' liberal references to many of the great hooks of rock history present on this album - it does indeed borrow heavily from The Beatles, The La's, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Radiohead, and other "A-List" pop and rock groups - the rest of us can simply exult in listening to some of the best rock music produced by any group this decade. Tears For Fears delivered some uncommonly strong pop music in the 1980s - from the melancholy longing of "Mad World" and "Pale Shelter" to the soaring shuffle-step of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" to the sophisticated orchestration of "Sowing The Seeds Of Love" and "Woman In Chains". But never before have they delivered an album so evenly excellent as this new offering. To begin with, their sound - while making references to their past and their "brand" - has been made much more stripped-down, organic and melodic. Rather than relying on orchestration and computer-generated effects to carry their sound, Orzabal and Smith have largely relied on good old-fashioned chord changes, melodies, bridges and choruses played on good old-fashioned musical instruments: guitar, bass, drums, piano - with the occasional horns, winds, and strings. Any of the songs, it seems, could be performed acoustically and sound great. The album's tone is also noticeably different from their past efforts. Its relatively upbeat nature might take some by surprise - indeed, this is a far "happier" album than either Songs From The Big Chair or The Seeds Of Love. The Beatle-esque "Wake Up" chorus on the title track makes this clear immediately, and the upbeat tone is continued on "Call Me Mellow" and "Closest Thing To Heaven" - a song that recalls "Sowing The Seeds Of Love" in its chorus, its structures and its politically-minded lyrics. "Secret World" and "Last Days On Earth" are genuine love songs, something that TFF fans will recognize as somewhat of a genre shift for Orzabal and Smith. But while the emotional darkness of their past albums is less pronounced, it is still quite apparent on certain tracks - in both upbeat rockers like "Quiet Ones" ("Oh, look into her eyes / You see such silent stalling / Nothing seems to matter in this life") and ballads like "Size of Sorrow" ("Pain, I can understand pain / Sometimes you just swallow / Say we can make it OK / Don't steal, just borrow"). And "The Devil" must rank among the darkest songs Orzabal has ever penned, both lyrically and musically. Happily, this album also traces Smith's emergence as a strong songwriter in his own right, as evinced not only on his joint efforts with Orzabal and Pettus (which, unlike in the past, account for the majority of the album), but in the song Who You Are, a beautiful ballad that recalls the soulful longing of past Orzabal songs like I Believe. The result is an album that is bursting with both new ideas and old ones, that comes alive with freshness while it takes a hard look at the past. It certainly reflects the band members' maturity as songwriters and musicians, but it also seems to complete the band's circle: it shows their coming to terms with themselves and each other after decades of turmoil. Best of all, the "magic" that fans originally found in The Hurting and in Big Chair - the power and anger in Orzabal's voice combining with the soaring and longing in Smith's - has returned. And it has returned with a consistency across all 12 songs that the band has never accomplished before. All in all, it's not just a happy ending - it's a masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the new TFF album. It's the best album I've heard in a very long time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd say the current CD is actually not vintage TFF, simply because the sonic experience is a total departure from earlier efforts. Certain tracks sound so Abbey Road-Admiral Halsey that you'd think Smith and Orzabal were coproducers of McCartney's "Band on the Run." Not a single track reminds me of "Mad World" or "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" or "Goodbye Song." But the album is extraordinarily listenable, with every tune being maddeningly catchy and with occasionally remarkable verbal imagery. ("Stuck inside a wheel inside a wheel / Wondering every day is it all for real.") Lurking in the background, the single link to early TFF: an almost obsessive attention to psychodynamics and the dangers of the human condition. (Note that the word "who" appears in two song titles, as does killing.) Yet now TFF's search for answers is swathed in pure pop pleasure. This seems like a very different sound for TFF, but it's so successful that I'll still be listening to their next attempt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tears for Fears has come out with a great new CD filled with songs like: Call Me Mellow, and Closest Thing to Heaven which are destined to become classics. This CD continues the legacy of TFF. They have set a musical tone that will go with us for a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ELAHE marks the return of Curt and Roland,which is the first time they have recorded together since 1989´s Seeds of Love. TFF HAVE A GREAT ALBUM!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the cd but I only listen to two or three songs on that album. But the songs are worth listening to. Ex. Who Killed Tangerine?,Closest Thing To Heaven and The Devil.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As always Tears for Fears proves that they weren't just an 80's one hit wonder band. Everyone loves A Happy Ending shows the obvious talent of Roland and Curt. It is a definite must buy. If you weren't a Tears For Fears fan before, you will be after buying Everyone loves a happy ending!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of TFF and own every one of their albums. They sound better than ever, it was worth the wait.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Tears for Fears, always have been, but I would still tell you if this album sucked. And it does not!! Of all the CDs that I have bought this year, I am glad I got this one!!