Everybody Loves a Happy Ending

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Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
Tears for Fears - Everybody Loves a Happy Ending.jpg
Studio album by Tears for Fears
Released 14 September 2004 (US)
7 March 2005 (UK/Europe)
Recorded 2000-2003 at Charlton's Garage, Sherman Oaks, California
Genre New wave, pop rock
Length 54:35
Label New Door (US)
Gut Records (UK)
XIII Bis Records (FRA)
Edel Records (GER)
Producer Tears for Fears, Charlton Pettus
Tears for Fears chronology
Saturnine Martial & Lunatic
Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
Secret World Live in Paris
Singles from Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
  1. "Closest Thing to Heaven"
    Released: 21 February 2005
  2. "Everybody Loves a Happy Ending/Call Me Mellow"
    Released: 2005
  3. "Secret World"
    Released: 2006 (promo, France only)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (65/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Austin Chronicle 2/5 stars[3]
Billboard (favorable)[4]
Drowned in Sound (5/10)[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
Mojo 3/5 stars[1]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[1][7]
Q 2/5 stars[1]
Uncut 4/5 stars[1][8]

Everybody Loves a Happy Ending is the sixth studio album by the British pop rock/new wave band Tears for Fears, released on 14 September 2004 in the US, and 7 March 2005 in the UK and Europe. It was released some nine years after the previous Tears for Fears studio album, Raoul and the Kings of Spain, and was the first album featuring both original bandmembers Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith together since 1989's The Seeds of Love.

Work on the album began in 2000, after Smith and Orzabal ended their longstanding feud. The album was originally due for release in 2003 on the Arista label, but personnel changes in the label's management (namely the departure of L.A. Reid who had signed the duo) led to the band breaking ties with the label before any music was released. The album eventually surfaced in the US in 2004 when it was released on the New Door label (a subsidiary of Universal Music), and in the UK in 2005 on the British independent label Gut Records.

According to SoundScan figures, the album had sold 99,000 copies in the US by January 2008.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Everybody Loves a Happy Ending"   Orzabal, Smith, Pettus 4:21
2. "Closest Thing to Heaven"   Orzabal, Smith, Pettus 3:36
3. "Call Me Mellow"   Orzabal, Smith, Pettus 3:39
4. "Size of Sorrow"   Orzabal 4:43
5. "Who Killed Tangerine?"   Orzabal, Smith, Pettus 5:33
6. "Quiet Ones"   Orzabal 4:22
7. "Who You Are"   Smith, Pettus 3:41
8. "The Devil"   Orzabal 3:30
9. "Secret World"   Orzabal 5:12
10. "Killing with Kindness"   Orzabal, Smith, Pettus 5:25
11. "Ladybird"   Orzabal, Smith, Pettus 4:50
12. "Last Days on Earth"   Orzabal, Smith, Pettus 5:41


  • Roland Orzabal - guitars, keyboards, lead vocals
  • Curt Smith - bass, keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals ("Size of Sorrow", "Who You Are")
  • Charlton Pettus - keyboards
  • Fred Eltringham - drums
  • Brian Geltner - drums ("Size of Sorrow")
  • Rick Baptist - trumpet ("Everybody Loves a Happy Ending")
  • Kenny Siegal - guitar ("Size of Sorrow"), backing vocals ("Who Killed Tangerine?")
  • Gwen Snyder - backing vocals ("Who Killed Tangerine?")
  • Alexander Giglio - backing vocals ("Who Killed Tangerine?")
  • Julian Orzabal - crowd vocals ("Who Killed Tangerine?")
  • Laura Gray - crowd vocals ("Who Killed Tangerine?")
  • Paul Buckmaster - orchestra arrangement and conducting ("Secret World")
  • Bob Becker - viola ("Secret World")
  • Charlie Bisharat - violin ("Secret World")
  • Denyse Buffman - viola ("Secret World")
  • Eve Butler - violin ("Secret World")
  • Mario de Leon - violin ("Secret World")
  • Joel Derouin - violin ("Secret World")
  • Stefanie Fife - cello ("Secret World")
  • Armen Garabedian - violin ("Secret World")
  • Berj Garabedian - violin ("Secret World")
  • Barry Gold - cello ("Secret World")
  • Gary Grant - trumpet, flugelhorn ("Secret World")
  • Maurice Grants - cello ("Secret World")
  • Julian Hallmark - violin ("Secret World")
  • Vahe Hayrikyan - cello ("Secret World")
  • Norm Hughes - violin ("Secret World")
  • Suzie Katayama - cello, contracting ("Secret World")
  • Roland Kato - viola ("Secret World")
  • Peter Kent - violin ("Secret World")
  • Steve Kujala - flute ("Secret World")
  • Gayle Levant - harp ("Secret World")
  • Michael Markman - violin ("Secret World")
  • Miguel Martinez - cello ("Secret World")
  • Robert Matsuda - violin ("Secret World")
  • Carole Mukogawa - viola ("Secret World")
  • Sid Page - violin ("Secret World")
  • Sandra Park - violin ("Secret World")
  • Sara Parkins - violin ("Secret World")
  • Joel Peskin - baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone ("Secret World")
  • Bob Peterson - violin ("Secret World")
  • Karie Prescott - viola ("Secret World")
  • Dan Smith - cello ("Secret World")
  • Rudy Stein - cello ("Secret World")
  • Lesa Terry - violin ("Secret World")
  • Josefina Veraga - violin ("Secret World")
  • David Washburn - trumpet, flugelhorn ("Secret World")
  • Evan Wilson - viola ("Secret World")
  • John Wittenberg - violin ("Secret World")


  • Producers: Tears for Fears, Charlton Pettus
  • Engineers: Steve Churchyard, Neil Dorfsman, Mark O'Donoughue, Charlton Pettus, Tom Schick
  • Mixing: Tim Palmer
  • Mastering: Stephen Marcussen
  • Programming: Jayce Murphy
  • Product manager: Michael Kachko; Project coordinator: Cindi Peters; Production coordination: Ute Friesleben; Assistants: Andy Gwynn, Pete Novak, Miles Wilson
  • Illustrations and logo design: Alan Aldridge; Photography: Zoren Gold; Additional Design: Ryan Rogers


Year Chart Position
2004 US 46
2005 UK 45
FRA 28
GER 35
NL 86
SWI 48


Year Single Chart Position
2004 "Call Me Mellow" US Adult Top 40 28
2005 "Closest Thing to Heaven" UK 40


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