Tears For Fears’ Roland Orzabal discusses writing songs for new album during wife’s illness

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“I needed some relief from the constant illness, the constant procrastination”

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Tears for Fears’ Roland Orzabal discusses how he began writing songs for what would become the duet’s first new album in 17 years while caring for his late wife.

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Earlier this month, the band announced their return with details on the new album ‘The Tipping Point’, their first since 2004’s ‘Everybody Loves a Happy Ending’.

in a new interview with Guardian Regarding the reunion, Orzabal and bandmate Kurt Smith discuss how they ended up writing new music after so long, and how Orzabal’s personal tragedy informed the music.


The musician’s wife, Carolyn, died in 2017, a decade after menopause sending him into depression and alcohol abuse. “The wheels came off, and she went from being extremely buoyant and upbeat and up, and so charismatic, to hitting depression. And menopause was probably a smokescreen,” Orzabal said.

Tears for Fear, 2021. credit: Frank W. Oakenfels / Press

“I don’t know how common it is that alcohol is any more dangerous for a woman than for a man, and the problem was that Caroline matched me,” he said. “But then, what was happening is my own ignorance and stupidity, because at that time there should not have been any alcohol anywhere, it is a fact.”
Discussing how the experience informed ‘The Tipping Point’, he said: “I needed some respite from the constant illness, the constant procrastination, and as always, as I have done throughout my life, they Went to the song and the songs.”

Tears For Fears’ long-awaited seventh album, ‘The Tipping Point’, is due out on February 25, 2022 via Concord Records. You can pre-order / pre-save it Here.

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