Elemental (Tears for Fears album)

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Tears for Fears - Elemental.jpg
Studio album by
Released7 June 1993
StudioNeptune's Kitchen
GenreNew wave, pop rock, alternative rock
ProducerRoland Orzabal, Tim Palmer, Alan Griffiths
Tears for Fears chronology
Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82–92)
Raoul and the Kings of Spain
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 studio 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 No. 5 in the UK and No. 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 is essentially a solo effort by Roland Orzabal as Curt Smith had left the band in 1991. 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. The album was recorded at Orzabal's newly built home studio, Neptune's Kitchen, and was co-produced by Orzabal, Griffiths and Tim Palmer.

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

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars link
Entertainment WeeklyB link
Rolling Stone4/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Orzabal/Griffiths, except "Cold", 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


Tears for Fears

Additional personnel

  • Alan Griffiths – producer, instruments
  • Tim Palmer – producer, instruments
  • Guy Pratt – additional bass guitar (track 4)
  • John Baker – background vocals (track 2), additional backing vocals (track 3)
  • Julian Orzabal – background vocals (track 2)
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Mark O'Donoughue – engineer, Wurlitzer outro (track 10)
  • Howard Jones – acoustic piano outro (track 4)
  • David Austen – design


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


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.