TOMCATS SCREAMING OUTSIDE
ALBUM EAGLE, PLAYGROUND RELEASE: MARCH 26,
2001 REVIEW: APRIL 19, 2001
Orzabal and Curt Smith parted on rather bitter terms after releasing "Seeds
of Love" in 1989. It
generated the world-wide hit "(Sowing) the Seeds of Love" and
sold millions of copies. At present day, however, the word is that the
two have resolved their differences and will reform Tears for Fears in
a near future.
In the meantime we are treated this, the first Roland Orzabal solo effort.
"Tomcats Screaming Outside" is like a giant squid, with widely
spread tentacles. Grunge, ambient, pop, rock, electropop, trip hop. He
tries several genres, with varying result. I hate to admit it, but nothing
sticks. Everything is polished, carefully executed and the song-writing is strong.
Strong, but not necessarily interesting.
"For the Love of Cain"
is breezy pop with impressive vocals and a handful of the other songs
are also pleasant ear lube, but as a whole, "Tomcats Screaming Outside"
is neither here nor there. A generous average.
Pop in Tears for Fears' debut classic "The Hurting" once more
instead. It'll do you good.