I'm revisiting this forum after many years away, fossicking through old threads. Nice to come across this one, I think Sweetman gave a terrible review of Intriguer when it was released but this is a genuine appreciation.
Mental Notes was the first Split Enz album I came across, my brother had it and it can't have been long after it came out. With it's fantastic cover so apt for the music inside. I was really impressed that one of the band members had done that painting, years later I was delighted to see the original in Te Papa. But this album seems to me to capture something of the Genius Loci of Aotearoa New Zealand. It's still my favourite Enz album much as I love True Colours and Time and Tide (and all the others)
And now we are very lucky to have a huge sprawling mass of music that has come from Neil, Tim and Phil. That's something to be happy about that my journey through life has had this musical journey happening beside it, sad that it hasn't been a happy one for Phil but at least he still creates music and if not popular it is very genuine and inspired.
This last couple of weeks I have been going through all their music, it's funny how for me it still seems somehow inter twinned. I do a little radio show and I was thinking for my next one I might do one featuring Mental Notes and songs from Play it Strange, the Conversation and Intriguer. That somehow makes sense to me.