Tears for Fears: Elemental
Now that’s much more like it. After the misery of 1992, I fully expected to see it followed by another few years of bottom-of-the-barrel scraping, but there were some mighty fine albums in ’93. The Cranberries were a refreshing delight when they debuted and I discovered Chris Isaak that year. My favorite Sting album was released, and though it took me a while to warm up to it, I ended up liking U2’s Zooropa a lot.
My favorite though is also my favorite Tears for Fear album. Curt Smith’s leaving the band (or however that went down) didn’t affect my enjoyment of the music. It was always Roland Orzabal’s voice that drew me to the band and that’s on terrific display here. It’s also the most rocking of their albums.
The Cranberries: Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
Chris Isaak: San Francisco Days
Sting: Ten Summoner’s Tales
Collective Soul: “Shine”
Crash Test Dummies: “God Shuffled His Feet”
Celine Dion: “The Power of Love”*
Inner Circle: “Bad Boys”
Denis Leary: “Asshole”
The Proclaimers: “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”**
Adam Sandler: “The Thanksgiving Song”
*And there goes my entire readership.
**Technically, this was a 1988 release, but I (and most of the rest of the country) didn’t discover it until 1993 thanks to Benny and Joon.