Raoul and the Kings of Spain

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Raoul And The Kings Of Spain 5:14 24,063
2 Falling Down 4:53 19,271
3 Secrets 4:41 17,081
4 God's Mistake 3:46 12,832
5 Sketches of Pain 4:19 17,429
6 Los Reyes Católicos 1:44 3,988
6 Los Reyes Catolicos 1:44 6,636
7 Sorry 4:47 17,073
8 Humdrum and Humble 4:09 15,504
9 I Choose You 3:25 17,758
10 Don't Drink The Water 4:49 9,647
11 Me And My Big Ideas 4:30 16,171
12 Los Reyes Católicos (Reprise) 3:42 8,121
12 Los Reyes Catolicos (Reprise) 3:42 4,937

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Raoul and the Kings of Spain is the fifth album by the British pop-rock band Tears for Fears. Like the previous album, Elemental, it is essentially a solo effort by Roland Orzabal—neither album being made with the involvement of Curt Smith who had left the band at that time.
The album, according to Orzabal, has a recurring theme of familial relationships and delves into his own Spanish heritage. The album’s title was mooted as far back as the 1980s as a possible contender for the band’s third album (The Seeds of Love). Raoul was originally Orzabal’s name given at birth before being Anglicized by his parents to Roland (Orzabal later gave the name “Raoul” to his first son, born in 1993).
The album was originally scheduled to be released by Mercury Records but the project was cancelled after Tears For Fears left the label to sign with Sony/Epic Records. The album was eventually released by Sony in October 1995 with a different track listing and new cover art.
The album peaked at #41 in the UK and #79 in the US, but was more successful in continental Europe, reaching #23 in Italy, #13 in Belgium, and #5 in France.
The album features a return by Oleta Adams, who had worked and toured extensively with the band for The Seeds of Love album, and here duets with Orzabal on the track “Me and My Big Ideas”.

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    An epic album that rocks! The way the typical fans underrate it amuses me. Just like Queensryche's 90s alternative efforts piss some people off :) Oh BTW the guy on the bass truly shines here!

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Vallaor

    This is undoubtly Orzabal's masterpiece...

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • PabloRH

    I think it's impossible to me to dislike any Tears For Fears/Roland Orzabal album.

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • enzo5

    This album has grown on me. Looks like it'll always be one of those secrets, for those who know where to look.

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Welt0n

    one of my favourite!!extremely underrated with such great songs as Sketches of Pain, Don't drink the water and Raoul&the kings of Spain

    14 Mar 2011 Reply
  • foxyluva

    Probably my favourite TFF album

    24 Nov 2010 Reply
  • smells_like80s

    Not my favourite but have few songs that get closer to my heart, just like Me and My Big Ideas with Oleta Adams.

    6 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Sosen

    When I went through this album marking which ones I love, I wasn't sure where to stop...

    9 May 2010 Reply
  • donzia81

    my favourite ALBUM!!!

    28 Sep 2009 Reply
  • mirrorball95

    Extremely underrated album, my favourite TFF album. Although you could argue it wasnt really a TFF record (as Curt Smith left before the previous Elemental album) but more of a solo effort by Roland Orzabal, I would say it is the best Tears For Fears album, both lyrically and musically. If you think this album is underrated, go check out Roland's solo album 'Tomcats Screaming Outside'.

    27 Aug 2009 Reply
  • LastSerge

    so underrated record...

    7 Jan 2009 Reply
  • AdityaSandhu

    blast from the past

    17 Dec 2008 Reply
  • fmaratz

    My favourite TFF album, and one of my favourite records generally speaking. Bought this one back in 1995 and since then I almost regularly found myself putting it back into the player.

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
  • LoveRock5

    The best Tears For Fears has ever recorded. A near perfect album.

    13 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Joffi222

    a top 5 album ever for me

    8 Oct 2008 Reply
  • imjoe007

    This is the Soundtrack to my Life!

    14 Feb 2008 Reply
  • therabidwombat

    An awesome album...few of the songs sound so good outside the context of the album, but as an album listener, this hardly bothers me. Great listen.

    24 Dec 2007 Reply
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