Reply to "Don’t Dream It’s Over mini-documentary"

slowpogo posted:

I find it interesting that Neil thinks he sings better now. I don’t agree. I still enjoy his voice but his singing has become fairly polite and wispy, compared to the impassioned earnestness of the early Crowded House albums.

Mica posted:

Thank you for this! I enjoyed this a lot, good interview (nothing really new, yes, but a likable interviewer) and a very well-made little piece.

As to the voice issue, I'm divided: I also prefer the original style on DDIO because it sounds so driven, and impassioned as you say; on other songs I feel like Neil made them more evocative in later renditions compared to the sometimes blander original (e.g. Nails, Fingers).

I enjoyed it too - thanks, slowpogo.

I can see how Neil would think the original DDIO might be a bit oversung.  I have generally preferred Neil’s voice from the time of Woodface onward, but have always chalked up the difference in sound to a maturing voice and never considered it might be a conscious decision on his part in terms of singing style.  Maybe it’s a little of both.  

I have yet to hear any performance of Nails In My Feet that even comes close to my enjoyment of the original vocal performance on Together Alone.

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