I reacted similarly to Anselm; again the anticaption of new material after the belated UK success of Woodface meant any new Crowded House material was sacred.
I did not like Distant Sun at first, the start seemed too bitty and full of bits not seeming linked, but after a lot of listening it is up there in my CH top 5 songs. I still like the mystery of the lyrics, but especially the one line about another persons thoughts: 'I don't pretend to know what you want, but I offer love'.
It definitely has a great structure, with great verses and the chorus, most of all the chaos of Neil's vocal ramblings at the end, which the US CD single remix helps to clear up a little bit (there is little different in the remix and the version the rest of the world knows).
But, and the but is, there isn't a lot of story or sense in the lyrics which i can see could be off putting. But I like songs that don't give 100% of the meaning anyway