Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tears for Fears Cover Arcade Fire

Over three years after Arcade Fire released their genius Grammy Award-winning album The Suburbs, iconic 80s new wave duo Tears for Fears have covered one of the album's most anthemic tracks, "Ready to Start." Stripping the electric stomp from the original and inserting a string section, skittering audio effects and a few random interjections, Tears for Fears upheaved about three-quarters of the Arcade Fire scorcher - sounding every bit as glossy 80s as they did bellowing on their own throwback hits "Head Over Heels" and "Pale Shelter."

Like most good covers, you can't expect the same emotional response or flow that attracted you to the original; you can only appreciate the reworked mastery of the song and a new piece of intriguing new musical perspective. As their first single release since 2004, Tears for Fears' take is nothing less than a new perspective.

On their website, the band wrote that, "having appreciated artists like Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kimbra, Nas, Gary Jules/Michael Andrews, Adam Lambert & Dizzee Rascal covering & sampling our songs over the past years, we agreed that some reciprocal cross-generational love was in order.

"We decided to give Arcade Fire a twist of TFF. Enjoy." Right on.

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