Tomcats Screaming Outside

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Tears for Fears' Roland Orzabal is a musical actor, an abstract poet, and a music connoisseur. His lush lyrical imagery has provided vivid imagism and an emotion sparked from his own inquisitive nature since fronting one of the '80s' biggest acts. Creative differences and signature arrogance allowed he and bandmate Curt Smith's musical magic to dissolve after 1989's The Seeds of Love, making Orzabal's solo days fronting Tears for Fears to be disenchanting and practically forced. And despite rumor of the duo coming back together to write and perform under the moniker that made them a staple among the charts, Orzabal issued his first proper debut album just after the ...
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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Tears for Fears' Roland Orzabal is a musical actor, an abstract poet, and a music connoisseur. His lush lyrical imagery has provided vivid imagism and an emotion sparked from his own inquisitive nature since fronting one of the '80s' biggest acts. Creative differences and signature arrogance allowed he and bandmate Curt Smith's musical magic to dissolve after 1989's The Seeds of Love, making Orzabal's solo days fronting Tears for Fears to be disenchanting and practically forced. And despite rumor of the duo coming back together to write and perform under the moniker that made them a staple among the charts, Orzabal issued his first proper debut album just after the dawn of the millennium. Tomcats Screaming Outside illustrates Orzabal's bright mind with classic philosophical disposition; however, he's honest and eager, no longer concerned with the past. He refrains from psychologically picking his mind apart; rather, he's plucking from social indifference and its want for quick desire. His focus on sharp electronics and the uncomplicated nature of songs such as "Hypnoculture" and "For the Love of Cain" present Orzabal's newfound comfort. He's still ambitious, yes, but not arrogantly so. "Dandelion" grazes with nasty riffs, leaving Orzabal to twist his large vocals to stretch alongside them. "Ticket to the World" and "Maybe Our Days Are Numbered" ironically capture Orzabal's fixation with a greater love, another hurt, and a life outside of what everyone already knows. Tomcats Screaming Outside aptly defines his burgeoning creative desire as well as his hungry nature to write a song that reaches outside the heart and beyond the mind. The overall composition of this album is tough, a bit young with musical instrumentation, but a decent look at Orzabal's keen talent as both a singer and a songwriter. He's still got it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Eagle Music Europe
  • EAN: 5034504115927
  • Catalog Number: 159

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ticket to the World (5:48)
  2. 2 Low Life (4:36)
  3. 3 Hypnoculture (3:13)
  4. 4 Bullets for Brains (4:08)
  5. 5 For the Love of Cain (4:06)
  6. 6 Under Ether (5:51)
  7. 7 Day by Day by Day by Day by Day (4:35)
  8. 8 Dandelion (3:03)
  9. 9 Hey Andy! (4:25)
  10. 10 Kill Love (5:40)
  11. 11 Snowdrop (4:23)
  12. 12 Maybe Our Days Are Numbered (4:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roland Orzabal Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Alan Griffiths Guitar, Keyboards
David Sutton Bass, Bass Guitar
Nick D'Virgilio Drums
Technical Credits
Alan Griffiths Programming, Producer
Mark O'Donoughue Engineer
Roland Orzabal Programming, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    This album has to be heard to be believed, songs like Hypnoculture are stunning while Bullets For Brains is top pop-rock. Never the most prolific of artists Roland always seems to make them count. Throughly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music to haunt your dreams.

    To begin, the 80s are dead. If you only like Roland because you like Tears For Fears and you only like TFF because you like all things 80s, it is imperative that you buy this album. Consider it the first step of your new music therapy. Roland outgrew the 80s by 1993 when he made ''Elemental''. ''Tomcats'' is the logical successor to that album. It's modern and progressive ( though not progressive rock, let's be clear on that ), but it's not out-there Brian Eno style modernism, so don't be afraid. There's attitude balanced with soul, in other words, pure artistic expression. The first listen will pique your interest, maybe even confuse you. By the second or third, it's growing on you. By about the 7th listen, you're grinning wide and wondering why so few people are capable of making albums like this. The answer is because only a true artist can, and there are fewer and fewer of them around. All the more reason to get what you can while you can. Start here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Roland Rules!!!!

    This record is truly captivating. It's original and fresh but has an 80's nostalgia. If you were a TFF fan, you'll LOVE this record!

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