A mélange of synth transmissions, echoing guitars, timeless songcraft, and endless heart, the music of Tears For Fears always felt tailor-made for the future. With sales of over 30 million albums worldwide, their songs have resonated and resounded throughout popular culture since 1981, yet they're even more apropos than ever in the 21st century. Everyone from Kanye West and The Weeknd to Drake and David Guetta has sampled a song from Tears For Fears. Meanwhile, their songs have received the cover treatment courtesy of Lorde, Adam Lambert, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Gary Jules, and Disturbed, among others. You can hear their timeless anthems piping through The Wire, Donnie Darko, Straight Outta Compton, Mr. Robot, and more. Now, those songs comprise their first career-spanning Greatest Hits collection the aptly titled Rule the World.
Handpicked by the duo - Roland Orzabal [vocals, guitar, keyboards] and Curt Smith [vocals, bass, keyboards] - the album collates a bevy of enduring classics together such as "Everybody Wants To Rule The World," "Shout," "Mad World," "Woman In Chains, "Pale Shelter," and more. For the set, they also teamed up to create their first new original compositions together since 2004: "I Love You But I'm Lost" and "Stay." Powered by shimmering upbeat keys and expansive production, the former shuffles into a hauntingly hypnotic admission on the refrain, "I love you but I'm lost." Meanwhile, hushed acoustic guitar entwines with a gorgeous vocalization on "Stay" as icy electronics reverberate. These tunes see Orzabal and Smith firing on all cylinders as they embark on the journey to the musicians' seventh full-length album and fifth together as well as a world tour slated for 2018.
In many ways, Rule The World brings things full circle for the group. Following their emergence, they released a string of classic albums, namely the gold-certified debut The Hurting , quintuple-platinum BRIT Award-winning Songs from the Big Chair , and Seeds of Love . The latter would be Roland and Curt's last collaboration together until Everybody Loves A Happy Ending in 2004. A three-year tour kicked off in 2010 as they touched down in North America, Japan, South Korea, Manila, and South America. 2013 saw them return with their first recorded music in a decade: a cover of Arcade Fire's "Ready to Start." Most recently, they co-headlined a sold-out arena run in North America with Hall & Oates and delivered standout sets at "British Summer Time" in Hyde Park and Rock In Rio.
As their songs continue to soundtrack tomorrow's generation, Tears For Fears forever represent the sound of the future. Everybody still wants to rule the world.