I love Time on Earth, and as an album I even like it more than their debut — the debut’s first 4 tracks are classic but I don’t need the rest. None of TOE reaches the band’s greatest heights, but it’s solid all the way through & there are some really great highlights: Nobody Wants To, Pour Le Monde, People are Like Suns. I enjoy all the other songs, including You’re the One to Make Me Cry. TOE is the last album of Neil’s I really loved.
I enjoyed the Intriguer process, hearing early versions of the songs, etc, but the final product was a let-down. Even tracks that really felt like classic CH in the development stage, like Amsterdam, somehow fell flat on the album. I’ve never gone back to it.
I think they have one more album in them — I hope anyway — and I think they could still do something great. I hope it happens in the next few years.