Out Now: Tears for Fears Return with Poignant ‘The Tipping Point,’ Duo’s First Album Since 2004 (Listen)


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“Being self-referential is not a bad thing.” That’s a statement made by Tears for Fears‘ Curt Smith in Rock Cellar’s new feature interview regarding The Tipping Point, a brand new studio album Smith and his longtime creative partner/band mate Roland Orzabal.

It’s the beloved U.K. synth-pop duo‘s first new record of original material since 2004’s Everybody Loves A Happy Ending, and their seventh overall — and, as Smith alluded to in the quote above, it’s very much a Tears for Fears record in the sense you might imagine.

Earnest lyricism and precise songwriting is on full display throughout the record, which blends familiar sounds from the musicians with more contemporary inspiration, an element of the record that wasn’t lost on Orzabal:

“Once Curt and I reconnected and we were in the same headspace, those things naturally emerged. So, you can see these little [things], the tracks that do really rely on songs we’ve done in the past. They hint at them. Not entirely, but a little bit. ‘Break the Man’ has shades of ‘Pale Shelter’ and ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World.’ Different beats of course.”

A particularly moving track is “Rivers of Mercy,” which Orzabal explained was written prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was one of those pieces of music that was almost like falling backwards into a swimming pool or the warm Mediterranean Sea. It wasn’t very difficult to come up with the idea of a river of mercy or some kind of river like you were being baptized. You know: “Take me to the river/Drop me in the water.’

“It [became] ‘drop me in the rivers of mercy.’ Talking about the pandemic, at the same time, we had the Black Lives Matter protests. There was a rage running around the world that ran contrary to the feeling of that song, which is very much about forgiveness and redemption. I put that [line] in because the whole thing worried and disturbed me.”

The Tipping Point is a masterful release from Tears for Fears, a late-era album from a group that clearly still has something to say, and it goes a long way toward adding to their already formidable legacy.

Click here to pick up The Tipping Point on CD from our Rock Cellar Store
Click here to pick up The Tipping Point on LP from our Rock Cellar Store

Listen to the record below:

And be sure to catch the group on a headlining tour later this year with special guests Garbage. The dates:

Friday, May 20, 2022 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
Saturday, May 21, 2022 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory – Dallas, TX
Friday, May 27, 2022 – Ak-Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
Sunday, May 29, 2022 – Levitt Pavilion – Denver, CO
Wednesday, June 01, 2022 – Concord Pavilion – Concord, CA
Thursday, June 02, 2022 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
Saturday, June 04, 2022 – The Forum – Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, June 05, 2022 – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre – San Diego, CA
Thursday, June 09, 2022 – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
Friday, June 10, 2022 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater – Tampa, FL
Sunday, June 12, 2022 – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
Monday, June 13, 2022 – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
Thursday, June 16, 2022 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
Friday, June 17, 2022 – Ruoff Music Center – Indianapolis, IN
Sunday, June 19, 2022 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 – TD Pavilion at The Mann – Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 – Leader Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA
Friday, June 24, 2022 – P.N.C. Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Saturday, June 25, 2022 – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY

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