Tears For Fears

When is Tears For Fears’ new album out?

The new album, Tears For Fears’ seventh, will be released on 25 February 2022, via Conchord Records. The Tipping Point will be their first record of new material since 2004’s Everybody Loves A Happy Ending.

“Before everything went so right with this album, everything first had to go wrong,” says Roland Orzabal. “It took years, but something happens when we put our heads together. We’ve got this balance, this push-me-pull-you thing – and it works really well.”

“If that balance doesn’t work on a Tears For Fears album, the whole thing just doesn’t work,” adds Curt Smith. “To put it in simple terms, a Tears For Fears record and what people perceive to be the sound of Tears For Fears – is the stuff we can both agree on.”

You can pre-order the album here. A limited-edition cassette is available for pre-order only through the band’s web store and independent retail.

Also, Super Deluxe Edition are offering a special Blu-ray audio edition of The Tipping Point. This disc features immersive Dolby Atmos and 5.1 Surround Sound mixes of the new album, remixed by Steven Wilson. 

What songs will be on The Tipping Point?

We’ve only heard one song so far from the new album, but the band have released a full tracklisting:

  1. No Small Thing
  2. The Tipping Point
  3. Long, Long, Long Time
  4. Break The Man
  5. My Demons
  6. Rivers Of Mercy
  7. Please Be Happy
  8. Master Plan
  9. End Of Night
  10. Stay

Second single No Small Thing was unveiled on 3 December.

“In early 2020, Curt and I sat down together with just a couple of acoustic guitars,” explains Roland about the song. “The first time in decades. We needed a meeting of minds, a coming together psychically. We were literally going back to the drawing board looking for some depth, heart and soul with which to complete our album. Curt came up with this simple folk/country riff, a little bit Dylan, a little bit Johnny Cash, and then we were off. It was the complete opposite of what we had been trying to do for many years – searching for the elusive, modern hit single.

“We felt suddenly unencumbered, free if you like, no longer worrying about the market, about success, but drawing on influences from our childhoods. It was at this point that the whole album started opening up. ‘No Small Thing’ was the key, the thing that turned a red light green.” Roland said.

 No Small Thing feels like it could have been a song from a 70s or 60s acoustic folk album with how the track starts,” adds Curt. “The fact that we felt confident enough to go from there to the end of the song to where it’s just absolute mayhem speaks to that sense of freedom, and that’s our comfort zone musically.”

Third single Break The Man dropped on 13 January and is described by Curt Smith as being “about a strong woman, and breaking the patriarchy. I feel that a lot of the problems we’ve been having as a country and even worldwide to a certain degree has come from male dominance. It’s a song about a woman who is strong enough to break the man. For me, that would be an answer to a lot of the problems in the world – a better male-female balance.”

You can buy Break The Man here.

Will Tears For Fears be touring in 2022?

Roland and Curt will kick off a UK tour on Friday 1 July in Shropshire, taking in 16 dates in total. Alison Moyet will support.

“We couldn’t be more excited to start playing concerts again,” Smith says. “We’ve missed seeing our friends on the road around the world and the energy of performing live.”

Orzabal add: “We’re looking forward to playing our favourites from the new album as well as our classics from throughout the years.”

What dates will Tears For Fears be playing in 2022?

July 1st  Telford QEII Arena Telford, Shropshire

July 2nd  Longleat House Warminster, Wiltshire

July 5th  Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

July 7th  Utilita Arena Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne

July 8th  Floors Castle Kelso, Scotland

July 9th    Lytham Festival Lytham St Annes

July 12th  The Incora County Ground Derby, Derbyshire

July 14th  Leeds Millennium Square Leeds, Yorkshire

July 15th  Warwick Castle   Warwick, Warwickshire

July 16th  Scarborough Open Air Theatre Scarborough

July 19th  Chewton Glen New Milton, Hampshire

July 20th  The Spitfire Ground Canterbury, Kent

July 22nd The 1st Central County Ground Hove, Sussex

July 23rd Cardiff Castle Cardiff, Wales

July 24th Hatfield House Hatfield, Hertfordshire

July 26th Powderham Castle Exeter, Devon

Tickets are on sale here.

Read more: Making Tears For Fears’ The Hurting

Read more: Making Tears For Fears’ Songs From The Big Chair

What are the dates for Tears For Fears’ UK tour?


Friday 1 – Shropshire, Telford QEII Arena

Saturday 2 – Wiltshire, Longleat House

Tuesday 5 – Buckinghamshire, Waddesdon Manor

Thursday 7 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Utilita Arena

Friday 8 – Scotland, Floors Castle

Saturday 9 – Lytham St Annes, Lytham Festival

Tuesday 12 – Derbyshire, The Incora County Ground Derby

Thursday 14 – Yorkshire, Leeds Millennium Square

Friday 15 – Warwickshire, Warwick Castle

Saturday 16 – North Yorkshire, Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Tuesday 19 – Hampshire, Chewton Glen

Wednesday 20 – Kent, The Spitfire Ground

Friday 22 – Sussex, The 1st Central County Ground

Saturday 23 – Wales, Cardiff Castle

Sunday 24 – Hertfordshire, Hatfield House

Tuesday 26 – Devon, Powderham Castle

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