“Curt Smith remains an enormous talent more than 25 years after he entered the music business.” AZ He is best known as half of the ‘80s pop/new wave duo Tears for Fears. Partner “Roland Orzabal may have been TFF’s main songwriter, [but] Smith’s lead vocals on tracks like ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’, ‘Mad World’, ‘Advice for the Young at Heart’, ‘Pale Shelter’ and ‘Change’ helped solidify their success.” AZ
The duo split after their third album, 1989’s The Seeds of Love. Orzabal soldiered on under the Tears for Fears banner while Curt Smith recorded a solo album in 1993 (Soul on Board) and returned in 1997 with the Mayfield self-titled project. In 2004, Smith and Orzabal reunited for Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, “their most accomplished album to date.” AZ
“Musically, Halfway Pleased continues in the tradition of Curt’s Mayfield project and TFF’s 2004 reunion album.” AZ This album features some previously recorded work. The songs Aeroplane and Where Do I Go were first featured on Smith’s 2000 Aeroplane EP. Snow Hill, which is featured here live, was also on that EP, but originated as a Mayfield tune in 1998. In addition, the second version of Seven of Sundays is a French duet version with singer So.