Everybody Loves a Happy Ending

Universal/Island Def Jam
Release date
14 Sep 2004
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Everybody Loves A Happy Ending 4:21 13,836
2 Closest Thing To Heaven 5:34 22,751
3 Call Me Mellow 3:36 16,052
4 Size Of Sorrow 4:44 8,951
5 Who Killed Tangerine? 5:32 11,586
6 Quiet Ones 4:23 9,047
7 Who You Are 3:41 7,378
8 The Devil 3:30 8,610
9 Secret World 5:03 15,096
10 Killing With Kindness 5:25 8,484
11 Ladybird 4:49 8,432
12 Last Days On Earth 5:42 9,317

About this album

Everybody Loves a Happy Ending is the sixth studio album by the British pop rock/new wave band Tears for Fears, released on 14 September 2004 in the US, and 7 March 2005 in the UK and Europe. It was released some nine years after the previous Tears for Fears studio album, Raoul and the Kings of Spain, and was the first album featuring both original bandmembers Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith together since 1989’s The Seeds of Love.

Work on the album began in 2000, after Smith and Orzabal ended their longstanding feud. The album was originally due for release in 2003 on the Arista label, but personnel changes in the label’s management (namely the departure of L.A. Reid who had signed the duo) led to the band breaking ties with the label before any music was released. The album eventually surfaced in the US in 2004 when it was released on the New Door label (a subsidiary of Universal Music), and in the UK in 2005 on the British independent label Gut Records.
The album was predominantly played by Tears For Fears (Roland Orzabal (guitars, keyboards) and Curt Smith (bass, keyboards)) and Charlton Pettus (keyboards). Orzabal performs lead vocal on ten of the twelve tracks (and the two bonus tracks), whilst Smith performs lead vocal on two tracks (“Size Of Sorrow” and “Who You Are”).
Drums were played for the album by Fred Eltringham, except on “Size Of Sorrow”.
Additional musicians were credited as follows:
Everybody Loves a Happy Ending - Trumpet: Rick Baptist

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    It is a perfect follow-up to The Seeds of Love, trouble is The Seeds of Love is a second worst TFF album after this one. That doesn't mean it's bad, but I would rate their albums kinda like that:______________________________________________________________ 5.0/5 - Hurting______________________________________________________________ 5.0/5 - Songs From the Big Chair______________________________________________ 3.5/5 - The Seeds of Love____________________________________________________ 4.0/5 - Elemental___________________________________________________________ 4.5/5 - Raul and the Kings of Spain____________________________________________ 3.0/5 - Everybody Loves a Happy Ending_______________________________________ All this is, of course, subjective and represents my personal opinion on why I don't find this album so enjoyable.

    22 Aug 11:51am Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    I don't get why people are saying this doesn't "sound like" Tears for Fears. Has no one listened to The Seeds of Love? This is basically a perfect follow-up to that record. If anyone was expecting them to retread their synth-pop sound they obviously didn't bother listening to anything Orzabal or Smith did post-1985.

    28 Jun 8:44pm Reply
  • Alan_New

    PartySanCTG, agree. This album is so beatle-esque and I love it.

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    How doesn't this sound like a Tears for Fears album? It sounds exactly like their "Hey, let's rip off the Beatles!" phase from Seeds of Love, except with less synths and a more organic production. Like, are you seriously complaining about a band with more brains than Oasis deciding to imitate one of the best bands to have ever rocked the Earth?

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Alan_New

    I so much love this album! :)

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
  • IndefiniteCure

    I disagree, I love this album and I'm actually disappointed it wasn't more promoted. This should be more known! My favourites are Closest Thing to Heaven, Secret World and Ladybird

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • enzo5

    Everybody Loves More Money

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • tyrebagger73

    Put off listening to this album for years - shouldn't have done as it's absolutely fantastic. Any chance of another?

    24 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Welt0n

    quiet ones, ladybird <3

    14 Mar 2011 Reply
  • coregamer

    Really, it's as much a paradigm shift as Elemental/Raoul was, both under the Tears for Fears name. They just keep changing. I have no issue with this. (And yes I know Elemental/Raoul were more Roland projects)

    29 Jan 2011 Reply
  • topjim

    After resisting the temptation of downloading this for such a very long time, the positive reviews and comments left me with no choice eventually. I should have trusted my instincts, and like the turkish lady below said, this does not sound like Tears for Fears. A big dissapointment.

    7 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Ohrenweide

    Yes a great Piece of modern Music

    3 Dec 2010 Reply
  • foxyluva

    Great record. I hope they get around to releasing another some day.

    24 Nov 2010 Reply
  • yorgundunyali

    I really don't get why people like this album. I think, it's terrible. It's very different from other tears for fears records. They shouldn't have kept the name of the band. Baause this is NOT a tears for fears album. It doesn't sound like tears for fears.

    29 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Ohrenweide

    yes, underrated album.....a great masterpiece

    4 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Andinda

    This album definitely is a happy ending... and mostly underrated. Though I hope this wasn't the end.

    23 May 2009 Reply
  • seanmaureenm

    Everybody does love a happy ending!

    22 Feb 2009 Reply
  • SgPepr

    These guys better do another one - this is great stuff & totally unexpected after so many years doing their own thing.

    28 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Cybonix

    Omg..... It started with me reading up for my Network+ studies and soon coming test... From there it went to sound tracks from "Real Genius," Chaz Jankel - "Number One" and Tears For Fears - "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" on youtube.com.... 5 hours later... I'm hear... Wow... T4F Forever!!

    26 Jul 2008 Reply
  • AssD

    I agree! FANTASTIC comeback!

    9 Jan 2008 Reply
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