Tears For Fears are “so proud” of their new album “Tipping Point”.
The 80s pop duo – made up of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, both 60 – believe their new release – which was released on Friday (25.02.22) – is “an album of the moment”.
After 17 years since they released a new album, Curt told The Sun, “The Tipping Point” is an album of now. There are some very contemplative songs, some sadder subjects, but it still leaves you with a feeling of optimism.
“This is Tears For Fears’ ultimate album and we’re both so, so proud of it.”
Roland admitted the “task” was to make a “representative” record of the band – which formed in 1981.
He said: “The task was how to make an album representative of us, at 60 years old.”
Roland added, “How can we bring our good and bad life experience to the table and do something that speaks to people. Our best work, and the work that has lasted over the years, is what resonates with people.
Roland was prompted to start working on the album – and reuniting with Curt – in 2017 after the death of his first wife Caroline, who died after battling alcohol abuse-induced dementia for five years afterward. 35 years of marriage.
Roland said: “There are so many areas of mental health that we just don’t understand.
“If someone suddenly changes their personality, if they suddenly go from outgoing to withdrawn, it’s hard to understand.
“Caroline lost her parents when they were young and I think she never fully understood that.
The ‘Everybody Wants to Run The World’ hitmakers likened their dynamic to that of a ‘marriage’, with Curt remarking that it was ‘hard’ to see him cry, prompting work on the album to be discontinued in 2018.
Curt – who is married to Frances Pennington, the mother of his two daughters, Diva, 13, and Wilder, 10 – said: “It’s hard to watch someone you grew up with going through this pain, but the only thing I could do was get away from it. It didn’t help us to be together.
“Roland and I are like a marriage and like any marriage we tend to blame each other when things go wrong. We got to a point in 2019 on tour where we really didn’t talk to each other anymore.
However, later that year – without the help of a manager or any other third party – the couple got together to get back to work.
After marrying his second wife, Emily Rath, a photographer, Roland said, “It’s taken me the better part of this year to get back together.”
He added: “I felt like moving on. There were about five leads we started working on, and I needed to reconnect with Curt. It wasn’t very difficult at all.
“When we say we argue, it just means we don’t communicate, so when we do, it’s easy.”