A mediocre second disc doesn't ruin a stellar songbook.
[This is specifically a review of the 2CD edition of “Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92)” by Tears for Fears which includes a second disc of remixes.] The first disc contains the original line-up of hits from the compilation album “Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92)” and the collection of hits is a solid one. Kick-starting the album is the superb “Sowing the Seeds of Love” from the album “The Seeds of Love” followed by what is probably their most recognisable song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”. What follows is an array of songs from the first three albums and the songs vary greatly in magnitude and emotion. Those who like a consistent list of tracks will be disappointed as the shift between tracks like “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and the next track, “Woman in Chains” as well as “Pale Shelter” and “I Believe” is enough to put an end to a constant rhythm. That aside, the assortment of tracks does not disappoint, containing three tracks from “The Hurting”, five from “Songs from the Big Chair”, three from “The Seeds of Love” and the post-Curt song “Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)”. The second disc is rather disappointing; the remixes range from one extreme to the next, with some being unrecognisable from the original song and others being hardly any different. That being said, a completionist would be very happy having the remixes aboard their collection. The only remixes I had experience before were the “Skylark Extended Club Mix” of “Shout” and “The Chosen Few Remix” of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (the latter of which is present in the deluxe edition of “Songs from the Big Chair”). Whether you like dance music or not will likely be a deciding factor of your opinion on the second disc. Despite a mixed second disc, it makes more sense to buy the 2CD edition if you find it within the same price range as the original version as the 2CD version does contain the original. However, only hardcore fans may fully appreciate the second disc. Hardcore fans will also appreciate the b-sides and rarities collection “Saturnine Martial & Lunatic”. If you feel compelled to buy “Saturnine”, then this 2CD version of “Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92)” may be for you.Read full review