I just think for the amount of experience the guy has, and the amount of talent the guy has, his playing isn't necessarily very original, unusually skillful, or very passionate -- but understated rather than distinctive....things that usually grab me right away. I am referring mostly to his solo work, although can think of a couple CH examples where I felt this was the case.
I think moreso than "annoying" with MH (in his case, that's the wrong word to have used...), it's a case where the guy's music (and playing, and voice) don't do anything for me one way or the other, which was a bit of a letdown for me when you consider his list of credits. I put him on this list moreso for my lack of reaction of any kind than for a strong reaction against, if that makes any sense whatsoever. I guess I was just expecting more musically from someone who had collaborated extensively with Finns.
(Controversial to say in this crowd, I realize, and my intention is not to offend anyone with this position. I'm sure Mark's a very nice guy and I know he's gone through some pretty life-changing, indescribable things in his life. I do respect his place in Crowded House, but feel that his role there was a good SUPPORT player, and that, he did well. And I do recognize that the INCREDIBLE brass arrangement in the song Together Alone was his...which shows that the talent IS THERE.)
And...To those of you who are upset...Try to remember that i'm nobody but a couch critic/frustrated singer-songwriter whose musical career got derailed and who has never had the resources, the luck or the guts to release ANYTHING. In other words, keep the saltshaker handy when reading my post.