You can never really change the world, but you can change yourself
Tears for Fears first single, "Suffer The Children" which tackles the issue of child abuse, was re-recorded for the album. It's a haunting and emotionally charged track, reminding us of the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions and making the world a better place for future generations - a message that we don't really seem to have grasped in the 40 years since this record came out.
The album's closing track, "The Prisoner," is a powerful and atmospheric instrumental, closing the album without vocal direction from the band, instead forcing the listener to sit with themselves and their thoughts around the haunting melody. The sense of unease that the song creates taking you back to the damning lyrics from previous tracks and the album finishing off with a whimper, rather than a bang.
From Arthur Janov with Love
The Hurting is not just a musical triumph, but it is also a reflection of the band's interest in Arthur Janov - a psychotherapist who advocated for understanding traumas from childhood, and reliving them in order to be released from them. The recurring themes of despondency, childhood and unease work for both the band and the listener, helping us to have an introspection into our own lives and things that may have troubled us as children.
The Hurting is a landmark album in the history of New Wave, and an incredible debut album for Tears for Fears. Through heartfelt lyrics and flawless songwriting, the album's themes of pain, isolation, and emotional turmoil have barely aged despite the passing of 40 years.
- The Hurting
- Mad World
- Pale Shelter
- Ideas as Opiates
- Memories Fade
- Suffer the Children
- Watch Me Bleed
- The Prisoner
- Start of the Breakdown
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"Everybody wants to rule the world,
but nobody wants to take the blame,"
-Suffer The Children