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The Tipping Point

Tears For Fears

The Tipping Point

Seventh album and first for eighteen years from the English pop rock duo Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith

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  1. 10.0 |   Record Collector

    It’s an album blazing with a refulgent light that illuminates the darkness. Ultimately, it’s a cathartic celebration of life co-created by someone who’s survived a traumatic experience
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  2. 10.0 |   The Independent

    The synth-pop band’s first album in 17 years billows with the widescreen ambitions of their foundational decade
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  3. 9.0 |   XS Noize

    A strong, fantastic return for a fabled and often undervalued band
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  4. 8.9 |   Spectrum Culture

    It may not be the greatest album Tears for Fears ever made, but it is too damn close for any fan to wallow in disappointment
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  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    A vastly collaborative experience, the difficult nature of the sonics is matched by the joy unravelling them – our only hope is it doesn’t take the band two decades to conjure a follow up
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    This set is a classic-sounding Tears for Fears record, one that makes the listener take emotional, spiritual, and mental inventory of their inner world even as the one outside roils with trouble, violence, and madness
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  7. 8.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    A staggering comeback for Tears for Fears, showcasing that even though they have been out of the music game for almost two full decades, their brilliance was never extinguished
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  8. 8.0 |   The Music

    It's a blast of fresh air – delivering hope, healing, and just a little daring
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  9. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    The Tipping Point is a meditation on what it feels to be alive and how it feels to watch someone die. It ultimately inspires and uplifts
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  10. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Exquisitely intimate, poppy, and multilayered, highlighting the deepest beauties of Smith and Orzabal’s partnership
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  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Fans of Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal will find more than enough reminders of their glory days. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The more chances Tears For Fears take, the more they thrive, and they take chances here: seems like a new album was a good idea after all. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Most impressive of all, the record actually has a unique identity separate from Tears for Fears’ darkly melodic trove of ’80s gems; it doesn’t ride exclusively on the coattails of their past success and presents a variable, independent addition to their catalogue
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  14. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Their voices are less mannered, the romantic sonic sweep is more lush, it sounds like they are enjoying the studio for its own sake
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  15. 7.5 |   Pitchfork

    The legendary pop duo’s first new album in 18 years approaches the challenges of middle life with familiar sensitivity and shared intimacy. It’s a strikingly unguarded and forthright record
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  16. 7.5 |   Entertainment Weekly

    Not everything lands, and not everything that lands sticks. Even so, there aren't many 17-year hiatuses that end by presenting a group with plenty of gas left in the tank
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  17. 7.3 |   Beats Per Minute

    Anthemic, emotional, powerful – The Tipping Point is a very good record
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  18. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    While there are few moments that challenge the band’s finest work, let alone justify the extended wait for new music, The Tipping Point reaffirms TFF’s collaborative talents
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  19. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    The Tipping Point manages to straddle the band’s past (the very early days aside) and stride on into present times, and that in itself should be enough to please more than one generation of Tears For Fears fans
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  20. 6.0 |   The FT

    The youthful ennui of the duo’s 1980s hits has evolved into powerfully adult emotions on their latest album
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  21. 6.0 |   The Observer

    The veteran pop duo process difficult times on this beautifully crafted, if not quite catchy, new album
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