NEW YORK (AP) — Creating the first Tears for Fears album of new material in 17 years didn’t initially go too well.
The duo went into the studio with an array of songwriters to try and tease out a modern hit single. But they ended up with a bunch of songs that sounded like they were trying to write a modern hit single.
“We don’t like choosing something for the sake of sounding contemporary. It irritates us,” says Roland Orzabal, half of the duo. Adds his bandmate, Curt Smith: “If it has no depth, it has no meaning to me.”
They took the songs that worked and then went back to basics — just two men and two acoustic guitars, like they’d done when they were teenagers — and eventually emerged “The Tipping Point,” a 10-track set that combines their trademark pop…
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