British duo Tears for Fears released three albums in the '80s, including chart-topper "Songs From the Big Chair." Following 1989 disc "The Seeds of Love," bandmates Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith parte

British duo Tears for Fears released three albums in the '80s, including chart-topper "Songs From the Big Chair." Following 1989 disc "The Seeds of Love," bandmates Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith parted ways, with Orzabal carrying the act's torch and Smith releasing solo projects. Reunited as Tears for Fears, the pair delivers its first album together in 15 years—complete with a cheeky title. "Everybody Loves a Happy Ending" is rich in melody and mood, guitar and piano; it is more rock than pop. Fresh, invigorating songs like "Closest Thing to Heaven," "Call Me Mellow," "Who Are You" and "Ladybird" reveal a twosome that is proudly wearing its Beatles-by-way-of-Pink-Floyd influences on its sleeve. Consider this reunion a most welcome one.—MP