Mercury Records Limited
Release date
18 Mar 1996
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Elemental 5:30 18,332
2 Cold 5:05 19,421
3 Break It Down Again 4:31 68,550
4 Mr. Pessimist 6:16 11,577
5 Dog's A Best Friend's Dog 3:38 13,531
6 Fish Out Of Water 5:07 11,233
7 Gas Giants 2:40 9,585
8 Power 5:42 12,363
9 Brian Wilson Said 4:25 14,986
10 Goodnight Song 3:52 23,684

About this album

Released in 1993, Elemental was the fourth Tears For Fears album but the first be recorded without bassist/vocalist Curt Smith, who had left the band in 1991. Despite keeping the band name, the album was effectively a solo effort by guitarist/vocalist Roland Orzabal who had put together a new backing band which featured writing partner Alan Griffiths and bassist Gail Ann Dorsey, who had already released two solo albums herself by that point.

The album reached the Top 5 in the UK and earned a Silver disc, but only reached #45 in the US. Despite the relatively low chart placing (in comparison to their two previous albums) it was awarded a Gold disc in the US.

Includes the UK top 20 / US Top 30 hit Break It Down Again.

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  • TyreneB

    It's been a long time since I have heard this album! Very pleased to have it playing right now!

    17 Jul 2013 Reply
  • IndefiniteCure

    Elemental and Fish Out of Water <3

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    Surprisingly, the most consistent TFF album.

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • sweetnanda

    nostalgic. my parents have this album and i used to listen to it when i was a child.

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
  • sataraid1

    This is one of those rare albums that doesn't have a single misstep. And it's far better than a collection of good songs ... the entire album feels like a complete musical statement. One of my very favorite of all time.

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • baxinski

    one of the best pop/rock albums ever made

    18 Oct 2011 Reply
  • topjim

    Lovely album. Never did understand back then why it wasn't regarded as highly as their previous albums, but even now,,,,, it sounds absoluely gorgeous. Up the Fears

    7 Jan 2011 Reply
  • killhannahowns

    My favorite TFF record. Favorite record of all-time, for that matter. [2] 17 years later and it's still the best album any artist has ever put out, and ever will.

    9 Dec 2010 Reply
  • agentsoul

    Fucking fantastic.

    17 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Stellardrone

    Best their album. Almost all songs I like.

    27 Jan 2010 Reply
  • enmasse

    My favorite TFF record. Favorite record of all-time, for that matter.

    16 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Dadal1er

    Don't care what it should be called. Irrelevant to the music.

    2 Aug 2009 Reply
  • angel_clipped

    Fuck Elemental. This shouldn't even be called Tears for Fears. This is a Roland solo album.

    13 Jul 2009 Reply
  • golfmade

    Aye, most people I know don't like it but I don't agree, Elemental is one of my favorite Tears albums.

    6 Apr 2009 Reply
  • mrcomputerinfo

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    19 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Arthur_Dent_42

    cool album. awesome singer.

    14 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Dadal1er

    Contains my all-time favourite TFF that is Brian Wilson Said.

    18 Feb 2008 Reply
  • suchpower

    Definitely my favorite Tears For Fears album.

    1 Feb 2008 Reply
  • kakyoism

    totally agree

    28 Sep 2007 Reply
  • joao_menezes

    underrated album

    18 Mar 2007 Reply
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