@Byrds Talk to Me posted:
Had to have a listen to Saturday Sun as it had been so long. Aaaaand still don’t like it. :-D
What’s distinctive about a Saturday Sun anyway, as opposed to suns on other days of the week? Nuthin. It’s just a memorable title.
I’ve always felt that I Feel Possessed is such an intriguing opener to TOLM, compared to the skip-button tapper that is Saturday Sun.
The chorus melody of I Feel Possessed exemplifies what I love about Neil’s songwriting...catchy as hell but also really pretty. The lyrics are a great example of what I was talking about earlier too...the song (as I see it) is about how unknowable people can be and the ineffability of human relationships. It’s expressed impressionistically but cracks open a chasm of thought & feeling for me, all against a comfy Paul Hester groove & Mitchell Froom’s spooky & lush vintage keyboards...deliciously dark & provocative but also a total ear worm. Those are the heights Crowded House’s best songs reach, and for better or worse, a yardstick Neil’s newest work will always be measured against. I just haven’t heard much that was half as interesting in Saturday Sun or most of Neil’s newer work. There are bright spots, as one example I do think Terrorise Me is a pretty stunning song.