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  • Tears For Fears Announces New Album “The Tipping Point”, Premieres Title Track on BBC Radio 2

  • British pop rock band Tears For Fears, consisting of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, announced their their upcoming seventh studio album “The Tipping Point” would be released on February 25, 2022 via Concord Records.
    It is their first album in 17 years since the 2004 album “Everybody Loves a Happy Ending”.
    The band premiered the title track on BBC Radio 2 The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show.
    It was written by Charlton Pettus and Roland Orzabal. Produced by Florian Reutter, Sacha Skarbek and Tears for Fears.
    The song is influenced by the death of Roland Orzabal's wife Caroline in 2017.
    “It came at a time when my (late) wife was very ill. I was watching her become a ghost of her former self. So the song's narrator is in a hospital ward looking at people about to cross the threshold that we call death,” Roland Orzabal told Rolling Stone about the song.
    “The line in the song says, 'Will you ever know when it's the Tipping Point?' meaning, will you ever know when a person has crossed that threshold from life to death when you cannot even perceive that 'vague and distant void' as it's described in the lyric. I have to admit that even in March 2016 when I was read the riot act by doctors about Caroline possibly not making it through the weekend, I was still in denial. I think that when you've been close to someone for decades, they are living within you as well as without. And consciously I did not believe she would die, though subconsciously I was, without doubt, preparing for the inevitable, arming myself against the future shock.”
  • The new album comprises of 10-track. Before the making of the album, the band's management wanted them to work with popular songwriters working today.
    “Before everything went so right with this album, everything first had to go wrong,” Roland Orzabal said in a statement. “It took years, but something happens when we put our heads together. We've got this balance, this push-me-pull-you thing, and it works really well.”
    “If that balance doesn't work on a Tears for Fears album, the whole thing just doesn't work,” Curt Smith added. “To put it in simple terms, a Tears for Fears record and what people perceive to be the sound of Tears for Fears is the stuff we can both agree on.”
    But things turned around when they switched to new management.
    “Suddenly, for the first time in a long time, we felt like we had someone in our corner who understood what we were trying to do,” Roland Orzabal said. “We felt like we had somebody on our side. It was the first time in a long time that we decided — we have to do this.”

  • Photo by Frank Ockenfels
  • source : BBC Radio 2
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