The second Tears for Fears
album following Curt Smith
's departure finds Roland Orzabal
treading water (and self-consciously deep water at that). Long removed from the simple, melodic melancholy of the band's early work and abandoning the mid-period Beatles
-influenced pop, Raoul and the Kings of Spain
often borders on progressive rock. There's some genuinely pretty music, like the piano-driven ballad "Secrets," with its soaring guitar line, and the gentle "Sketches of Pain."