Reply to "Given Neil's Announcement, is CH Through?"

I have a different take---I feel like Neil's work is clearly differentiated depending on the outlet for it.  Take Pajama Club or his new solo CD (or his previous solo CD's for that matter).  I think Neil tends to write much more in an accessible style for Crowded House, especially comparing his contemporary work with CH & CH Mark II.  His classic "Leonard (Cohen)-McCartney" (in his words) songs that distinguish CH are not found much at all on his recent work.  He allows himself much more experimentation, which is great, but I don't enjoy them as much.  The only true "CH" style record, IMO, outside of CH is "Everyone Is Here"---Tim and Neil admitted they wanted to write a very straight-forward and appealing record (more so than the rough-edged debut)---that was their stated goal, not my interpretation.  And with Froom adding his touches, much of it felt like an addendum to Woodface.  But besides, say, "She Will Have Her Way", Neil doesn't really shoot for a classic, Beatlesque style outside of CH.  So it matters to me, anyway, which outlet he chooses to write for.  I doubt Neil himself would agree with me, but I don't trust his opinion.  His goal, IMO, with a lot of his "any record could be a CH record, it's all me" interviews of the past decade or more, is rather to establish himself as the primary creative engine behind CH, which of course we all know but he gets defensive about it, subtly at times but it still is a need of his.  So, whether it's sub-conscious or not, a Finn/Finn Bros./PC/Neil and Liam record planned is not gonna sound like a CH one, based on my ears anyway.  So if CH is done, I will mourn it, whether it's version 1 or 2 or 3...

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