15 June 2023 Tears For Fears – The Hurting (Half-Speed Master LP Review)
When most people look at the history of Tears for Fears, they’re most likely going back to the band’s mega-successful 1985 album. Songs from the Big Chair. Clearly a milestone in ’80s pop music, the album featured some of the band’s biggest hits: “Shout”, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Head over Heels.” But those who truly appreciate Tears for Fears realize that their ascent began with the first album two years ago. don’t hurt.
Released in March of 1983, believe it or not, don’t hurt It was not a first success on the charts. A fairly deep album with somewhat dark subjects, it was certified platinum in January 85, though its initial success had stalled. Verifying the quality of the music, don’t hurt It stands alone as one of the strongest debut albums of the ’80s New Wave era. In fact, the album was celebrated in various ways over the decades that followed – first with a remastered edition in 1999, then again in 2013 with extended editions to celebrate its 30th anniversary, and now again in 2023 with a few special releases to celebrate 2023. 40th anniversary.
On March 7, two new formats were released in honor of the album, which celebrated its 40th anniversary. Both have been released via UMe, with you promoting the Half-Speed Master vinyl release on May 12 and the SDE-exclusive Blu-ray release on June 9. Perhaps the most curious of these releases, both super high-end formats should have had a Half-Speed Master record. From where? Because the average person probably has no idea what that means. To simplify, half-rate mastering is a specialist technique that results in cuts with superior high frequency response (treble). This results in very powerful and stable stereo images that create a very high quality recording and listening experience.
To explain the technique, only the newly created Dolby Atmos mix don’t hurt It would be performed by the very successful record producer and musician Steven Wilson. For those who don’t know, Wilson has gone beyond creating his own music (with solo and Porcupine Tree), working with a long list of artists in a variety of genres, from Elton John to Black Sabbath. Additionally, Wilson has a history with Tears for Fears, having previously remixed both S’s.NGOs from the Great President and the 1989s Love Seeds. So, with this information in mind, it’s also important to understand that Wilson was definitely more of an artistic purist and would not defeat the original recording purpose even though he used modern recording technologies.
Listening experience, allowing you to immerse yourself with confidence but also with an open mind those who hurt Abbey Road Half-Speed Mastered vinyl is nothing short of spectacular. Crystal-clear, delicate textures are brightly highlighted in every song. From the subtle tones of the instrumentation to the harmonious back-and-forth vocals by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, it’s like listening to each of these songs for the first time again.
A truly gorgeous, high-end mix don’t hurt, this is something you’ll want to show your friends stuck in the modern music streaming world through a sub-par miniature speaker. Worth your investment and a must-have for Tears for Fears fans, Cryptic Rock those who hurt Half-Speed Master LP 5 out of 5 stars.