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Songs From the Big Chair

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An album by Tears For Fears

Digitally remastered reissue of the hit English new wave/ pop duo's huge second album, 1985's quadruple-platinum 'Songs From The Big Chair', which topped the charts for five consecutive weeks when originally released. Features the #1 smashes 'Everybody … see full wiki

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Entirely unique musical brilliance

  • Jul 6, 2006
Tears For Fears followed their hit debut THE HURTING with this album, 1985's SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR. At first glance, it appears to be just another pop album from the 1980s, but after one listen, it's clear that SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR is anything but. It's a collection of brilliant songs spawned from the angst and inner turmoil of bass guitarist/vocalist Curt Smith, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Roland Orzabal, keyboardist Ian Stanley, and drummer Manny Elias. Together, the songs form a masterpiece that is not only one of the best albums of the decade - it's one of the greatest albums ever made. It spawned two Number 1 hits: the powerful, razor-sharp "Shout", and "Everbody Wants To Rule The World", a song which perfectly encapsulates the mood of the 1980s. There's plenty more greats here, though, such as the atmospheric "Mothers Talk" and the glimmering "Head Over Heels" (recently featured in Richard Kelly's cult hit film DONNIE DARKO). The apocalyptic "The Working Hour" is another gem, which features a great saxophone part played by Mel Collins and William Gregory. SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR is an album which truly is like no other. Don't let its commercial success fool you; from "Shout" to the ethereal "Listen" - complete with heavenly vocals - this is art, fueled by powerful lyrics and a turbulent, emotional sound.

TRACK HIGHLIGHTS: Shout, The Working Hour, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Mothers Talk, Head Over Heels/Broken [Live], Listen

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Songs From the Big Chair
Label: Mercury, Universal
Artist: Tears For Fears
Release Date: March 13, 2001

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