Elemental (Tears for Fears album)

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Elemental
Studio album by Tears for Fears
Released 7 June 1993
Recorded 1992-93
Genre New wave, pop rock, indie rock
Length 46:51
Label Mercury Records
Phonogram
Producer Roland Orzabal, Tim Palmer, Alan Griffiths
Tears for Fears chronology
Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82–92)
(1992)
Elemental
(1993)
Raoul and the Kings of Spain
(1995)
Singles from Elemental
  1. "Break It Down Again"
    Released: 17 May 1993
  2. "Cold"
    Released: 19 July 1993
  3. "Goodnight Song"
    Released: October 1993
  4. "Elemental"
    Released: March 1994

Elemental is the fourth album by the British pop band Tears for Fears. It was released on 7 June 1993 and includes the hit single "Break It Down Again". The album peaked at #5 in the UK and #45 in the US. It also reached the Top 10 in France and Italy, the Top 20 in Canada and the Top 30 in several European countries.[1] It has been certified Silver in the UK, and Gold in the US and France.

Elemental was the first new Tears for Fears album in four years, following 1989's The Seeds of Love. However, despite being released under the Tears for Fears moniker, it was essentially a solo effort by Roland Orzabal as Curt Smith had left the band by this time. For much of the writing and recording, Orzabal was assisted by Alan Griffiths, who had been a session musician for Tears For Fears' world tour in 1985. It was recorded at Orzabal's newly built home studio, Neptune's Kitchen.

Elemental was the last album that Tears For Fears recorded for the Phonogram/Mercury label, whom the band had been signed to since 1981.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly B link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Orzabal/Griffiths, except * written by Orzabal.

  1. "Elemental" – 5:30
  2. "Cold"* – 5:05
  3. "Break It Down Again" – 4:31
  4. "Mr. Pessimist" – 6:16
  5. "Dog's a Best Friend's Dog" – 3:39
  6. "Fish Out of Water" – 5:07
  7. "Gas Giants" – 2:40
  8. "Power" – 5:49
  9. "Brian Wilson Said" – 4:22
  10. "Goodnight Song" – 3:53

Personnel[edit]

Tears For Fears
Additional personnel
  • Alan Griffiths – Producer, Instruments
  • Tim Palmer – Producer, Instruments
  • Guy Pratt – Additional Bass Guitar (4)
  • John Baker – Background Vocals (2), Additional Backing Vocals (3)
  • Julian Orzabal – Background Vocals (2)
  • Bob Ludwig – Mastering
  • Mark O'Donoughue – Engineer, Outro Wurlitzer Piano (10)
  • Howard Jones - Outro Piano (4)
  • David Austen – Design

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position Sales
1993 UK 5 Silver (60,000)
US 45 Gold (500,000)
CAN 18
FRA 5 Gold (100,000)
GER 26
NL 22
SWI 24

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1993 "Break It Down Again" UK Singles Chart 20
US Adult Contemporary 25
US Modern Rock Tracks 1
US Billboard Hot 100 25
US Top 40 Mainstream 10
"Cold" UK Singles Chart 72
"Goodnight Song" US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 251
  • 1 - This position was taken from the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, equaling #125 on the main US charts.

References[edit]

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