I don't see why Neil would bother with a catchy 3 minute single. It's not gonna get picked up and top the charts no matter how good it is. So he might as well go freaky.
I have found the last couple of crowded house albums perfectly ok but you ask yourself how many Finn pop songs do we need? We have hundreds. So why not see where else Neil Finn can go?
This is fantastic, it's kinda as if Finn accessed the dark parts he explored on "temple of low men" but then went a little further down the tunnel. Bring on the album!