Tears for Fears
Rule the World: The Greatest Hits
by David Chiu
On the eve of the 35th anniversary of their debut album The Hurting, Tears for Fears has released their latest compilation Rule the World (the title borrowing from one of the band’s biggest hits “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”). There have been previous Tears for Fears’ hits collections, but this one is different in that it features two brand-new songs—the first new recordings from the duo of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith in 13 years. The first of them, “I Love You But I’m Lost” (co-written with Bastille’s Dan Smith) certainly hearkens back to aspects of the group’s earlier sound but with a contemporary electronic/dance feel; while the second new track, the angelic “Stay” is reflective and lush. Rule the World is by far the most updated career-spanning Tears for Fears collection; in addition to featuring the classic hits, like “Shout,” “Head Over Heels,” “Mad World,” and “Sowing the Seeds of Love,” it also contains Break It Down Again and “Raoul and the Kings of Spain” (both by the Orzabal-led ’90s incarnation of the band), as well as “Closest Thing to Heaven” from Tears for Fears’ last studio album Everybody Loves a Happy Ending. The new tracks are promising in offering a taste of what might be on the next long-awaited Tears for Fears’ album.