Reply to "Lightsleeper Fan Reviews"

IainK posted:

I think this is probably the album where I stop caring about Finn releases. Neil (and co) are of course free to persue which ever direction they which to take, but equally it's time to accept that, after what, 4 albums under various guises (solo/PJC & L+N) that I've at best tolerated and at worst think are just diabolical, it is time to check out and stop throwing money after albums I just get no enjoyment out of whatsoever.

This echoes my sentiments. It's not even a bother to me either, because what an extensive incredible output there already is for me to enjoy and love and get lost in. I'm glad Neil is happy, I'm glad people are still loving his creations. I'm incredibly grateful for all the songs he's produced that I do love, that were and continue to be a vital part of my life. I travelled to Sydney in 2016 to see the Sydney Opera House gig and it was seriously a spiritual event. I haven't engaged in Neil's new stuff since probably Time On Earth or Intriguer. I tried, heaven knows I tried! But I have accepted he's not gonna write (or can't write anymore) perfect pop/rock songs - possibly ever again.

 

Agree with the below as well ...

IainK posted:
 

Honestly, I don't think Lightsleeper and Out of Silence are far above what else there is. Oos is a pleasant, one note album that is nice enough for a bit of background music but Lightsleeper, like PJC, is just plain unlistenable. There are just far more bands who I find far more interesting, exciting and, well, just less twee than Neil and his family these days. Together Alone will probably always remain my favourite album and Neil will always be a bit of a hero to me but eventually it's time to give up on a bad job.

I think the telling thing is that once upon a time I would have moved heaven and earth to see Neil play, but now I really don't care that the tour is hitting my city, particularly given that it's his family he is playing with. It's just not interesting to see Liam arsing about with his Dad and his mum whose voice I cannot stand and who, let's face it, can barely play bass. Compared to people like the Crowdies, or the likes of Michael Barker, Sebastian Steinberg or Lisa Germano? No, sorry, not for me.

And yes, I'm aware this all sounds a bit bitter, but as someone who grew up with Split Enz and the Crowdies music being a massive part of my life, letting it go is a difficult decision to come to.

 

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