It's funny I wasn't that impressed when Don't Dream it's over came out. I had been a big fan of Neil's previous band Split Enz and really liked the idea of having two different song writers Neil and his brother Tim. So Crowded House seemed like a Neil Finn solo band and then Don't Dream its over was a hit in the US, I think I felt "well why didn't Split Enz make it in the US?"
I think to an extent I've always compared Tim and Neil and kind of supported Tim, so I liked Woodface that Tim was on, Four seasons in One Day, It's only Natural and Chocolate Cake were all excellent songs. I would generally get Neil's albums but it was Intriguer the last Crowded House album that really made me appreciate Neil more fully. It had songs on it that I found really affected me "Archers Arrow" "Amsterdam" "Isolation" & "Elephants"
I've been listening to Neil's music most of my life and I am still learning to like his work more.