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.
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.