Tears For Fears first new album since 2004... The Tipping Point!

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Hopefully mine shows up in the mail today, I’ve got a good feeling considering someone on here in Canada has already gotten theirs. I’ve sampled the Apple Music version a few times now and am overjoyed with the activeness of the mix.
 

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Hopefully mine shows up in the mail today, I’ve got a good feeling considering someone on here in Canada has already gotten theirs. I’ve sampled the Apple Music version a few times now and am overjoyed with the activeness of the mix.
Mine showed up today and was in perfect shape. My first copy ordered 3 months ago was lost in the mail. SDE credited me so today’s trip to the mail box was a pleasant surprise!
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Mine showed up today and was in perfect shape. My first copy ordered 3 months ago was lost in the mail. SDE credited me so today’s trip to the mail box was a pleasant surprise!View attachment 80514
Well I’m glad your original order got sorted out at least, mine arrived today as well :D Listening to the 5.1 right now, the sonics are gorgeous even on my modest system!

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Steven Wilson comments on the album and Atmos mix:
The Tipping Point is a great album. It’s wonderfully, quintessentially Tears for Fears, but it’s also a record that could only have been made now. The songs are great. The production is great. Roland Orzabal still has an amazing voice.

They actually made this record twice. The first time, in 2017, their management had placed them with contemporary pop writers to try and come up with contemporary pop songs. They made that record, listened back to it, and realized they hated it, and that it wasn’t them. They felt compromised and dirty—all those things you feel when you’ve done something for the wrong reasons. They took two songs from that batch and put them on a compilation, instead.

They then went back to square one and started working on a record from scratch. This time, they said to themselves “Let’s do it our way. Let’s not listen to any of these managers and go back to how we used to write records when we started.” And I think they did a fantastic job. It was an honor to be involved in the Atmos mix.

Atmos is perfect for spatial audio and immersive sound. Tears for Fears have all these layers of sound design, electronics, and sequences, which are ideal for the process. It’s great fun to do that in surround, because the regular rules don’t apply. With a typical rock band, you’ve got to keep the drums and bass together. And you have to keep the rhythm guitars with the drums and bass. But on The Tipping Point, there are so many layers to it. It’s one of those records which stereo is almost not big enough to contain it.

I remember saying something similar when I worked on the surround mix of King Crimson’s Lizard. Until the surround mix existed, you never could really hear that record properly. I think that’s largely true of Tears for Fears, as well. In a way, even though they didn’t know it, they were kind of making music for surround sound. I think that the new album is a great example of that.
 
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