Freofan posted:

I was wondering why Intriguer is often ranked so low, as well as Time on Earth? These were released before I knew of the band. Thanks!

I can’t speak for others, but Intriguer was a “what might have been” album for me.  The songs tested on the tour prior to Intriguer suggested a different album.  I connected to those songs and was disappointed when Intriguer was released,  when those songs either morphed or were not included on the album.  In retrospect, it was not fair to the group.  Not surprisingly, the Deluxe Edition’s second disc of Intriguer is my favorite of all the Deluxe Editions.   

 

I REALLY  don't agree with this.

For me I'd go:

1) Together Alone - favourite album ever love everything except Skin Feeling, every other song is breathtakingly brilliant 10/10

2) Woodface - Really amazing pop album, lots of good fun, even enjoy stuff on the less popular second half like As Sure As I Am and Italian Plastic 9/10

3) Afterglow - Underrated as hell, how Anyone Can Tell and Time Immemorial are not considered some of CH's best is beyond me 9/10

4) Temple of Low Men - Firstly, best run of singles ever (Better Be Home Soon, I Feel Possessed, When You Come, Into Temptation and Sister Madly), album tracks not quite as good (apart from Never Be The Same) 8/10

5) Intriguer - Again really underrated, I actually enjoy the different tone to this album and it feels like a band reinventing themselves 8/10

6) Time on Earth - Suffers from lack of Mark and Matt, second half of album is a bit weaker as well 7/10

7) Crowded House - Just can't get into the eighties production, with a few exceptions every song sounds the same to me, still good singles and a few gems 5/10

I love Time on Earth, and personnel controversy aside, I feel it can stand tall with the original albums. Intriguer just doesn’t work for me; I haven’t listened to it since 2010. Crowded House is obviously fantastic for the first four tracks, and I like Tombstone and I Walk Away too, but as an album I’ve never loved it and the production is often too cheesy to handle. Afterglow is a really enjoyable collection; I’m not sure how well it actually coheres as an album, but the songs are strong enough I don’t care. And 1-3 need no further explanation.


1. Temple of Low Men

2. Together Alone

3. Woodface

4. Time on Earth

5. Afterglow

6. Crowded House

7. Intriguer

Above the Kitchen posted:

Nice inclusion of Afterglow in your ranking, TPH.  Often forgotten, Afterglow is a prime example of Neil’s songwriting prowess and the group’s magical sound.  How many groups have an odds and sods album that is as good or better than the studio releases? 

Well I feel with the 2016 reissues, it is now a definitive album.

The Pineapple Head posted:
Above the Kitchen posted:

Nice inclusion of Afterglow in your ranking, TPH.  Often forgotten, Afterglow is a prime example of Neil’s songwriting prowess and the group’s magical sound.  How many groups have an odds and sods album that is as good or better than the studio releases? 

Well I feel with the 2016 reissues, it is now a definitive album.

I echo these sentiments, Afterglow stands alone as a classic collection of songs.
1. Together Alone
2. Afterglow
3. Woodface
4. Temple of Low Men (In the Lowlands deserves more credit!!!)
5. Time On Earth
6. Crowded House
7. Intriguer

My list:

1. Together Alone- Despite what many say about ‘Skin Feeling’ it’s a prime example of Paul’s intimate, funny and perhaps nostalgic song writing ability. Neil takes us to various places as well, from ‘Kare Kare’ to ‘ Walking on the spot’ I always play this album all the way through.

2. Woodface- So many songs I adore on this album! From the feel good classics to the story told in ‘How will you go’ with a beautiful harmony from the Finn’s. ‘I’m still here’ is also a pleasant surprise (also love ‘All I ask’) 

3. Temple Of Low Men- Morbid yet meaningful this album is like an emotional roller coaster. From the classic ‘Better be home soon’ and ‘Love this life’ Neil really told some amazing stories and definitely captured emotions and events in this album.

4. Afterglow- Every song on this album is lovely and I will forever sing ‘My telly’s gone bung’ when anyone complains about a soap opera storyline. Neil’s ‘I love you dawn’ and ‘I am in love’ have stuck with me since I was little.

5. Crowded House- Will always appreciate the 80s style on this one and will never tire of the happy vibe it gives off.

6. Recurring Dream- While it is seen as more of a greatest hits album as it is a compilation of their hits ‘Not the girls you think you are’, ‘Everything is good for you’ and ‘Instinct’ are good songs (especially ‘Everything is good for you’) and are more often than not, forgotten.

7. Time on Earth- Always find myself fishing for it in the cabinet but skip many of the songs and tend to only listen to ‘Don’t stop now’ often.

1. Together Alone - My favorite album of all time. There is a sense of space and place in this album unlike any other I know. 

2. Woodface. Probably has the best pop hits, flawlessly executed with musicality, musicianship and class. 

3. Time on Earth. Upon release, I didnt like this anywhere near as much as I do now. Contains so many songs that truly speak to me. Probably my go to crowdies* album these days. 

*I know.

4. Temple of Low Men. This album probably has the highest peaks for me. I feel possessed,  into temptation and better be home soon?  Ridiculously good.

5. Afterglow. How does that work so well as an album? No idea but it does.

6. Intriguer. Strange one. I think I like it a good deal when I'm actually listening to it, just unlikely to spin it up.

7. Crowded House. I cannot justify this being last on my list but today it is. It's either fatigue or the feeling that it is "of its time"...  I'd travel a long way to hear Neil play ddio tomorow... but havent purposely listened to the album version in years. Consequently the album gets swerved.

 

Annah posted:

My list:

1. Together Alone- Despite what many say about ‘Skin Feeling’ it’s a prime example of Paul’s intimate, funny and perhaps nostalgic song writing ability. Neil takes us to various places as well, from ‘Kare Kare’ to ‘ Walking on the spot’ I always play this album all the way through.

2. Woodface- So many songs I adore on this album! From the feel good classics to the story told in ‘How will you go’ with a beautiful harmony from the Finn’s. ‘I’m still here’ is also a pleasant surprise (also love ‘All I ask’) 

3. Temple Of Low Men- Morbid yet meaningful this album is like an emotional roller coaster. From the classic ‘Better be home soon’ and ‘Love this life’ Neil really told some amazing stories and definitely captured emotions and events in this album.

4. Afterglow- Every song on this album is lovely and I will forever sing ‘My telly’s gone bung’ when anyone complains about a soap opera storyline. Neil’s ‘I love you dawn’ and ‘I am in love’ have stuck with me since I was little.

5. Crowded House- Will always appreciate the 80s style on this one and will never tire of the happy vibe it gives off.

6. Recurring Dream- While it is seen as more of a greatest hits album as it is a compilation of their hits ‘Not the girls you think you are’, ‘Everything is good for you’ and ‘Instinct’ are good songs (especially ‘Everything is good for you’) and are more often than not, forgotten.

7. Time on Earth- Always find myself fishing for it in the cabinet but skip many of the songs and tend to only listen to ‘Don’t stop now’ often.

Do you feel Intriguer does not deserve CH album status? XD

The Pineapple Head posted:
Annah posted:

My list:

1. Together Alone- Despite what many say about ‘Skin Feeling’ it’s a prime example of Paul’s intimate, funny and perhaps nostalgic song writing ability. Neil takes us to various places as well, from ‘Kare Kare’ to ‘ Walking on the spot’ I always play this album all the way through.

2. Woodface- So many songs I adore on this album! From the feel good classics to the story told in ‘How will you go’ with a beautiful harmony from the Finn’s. ‘I’m still here’ is also a pleasant surprise (also love ‘All I ask’) 

3. Temple Of Low Men- Morbid yet meaningful this album is like an emotional roller coaster. From the classic ‘Better be home soon’ and ‘Love this life’ Neil really told some amazing stories and definitely captured emotions and events in this album.

4. Afterglow- Every song on this album is lovely and I will forever sing ‘My telly’s gone bung’ when anyone complains about a soap opera storyline. Neil’s ‘I love you dawn’ and ‘I am in love’ have stuck with me since I was little.

5. Crowded House- Will always appreciate the 80s style on this one and will never tire of the happy vibe it gives off.

6. Recurring Dream- While it is seen as more of a greatest hits album as it is a compilation of their hits ‘Not the girls you think you are’, ‘Everything is good for you’ and ‘Instinct’ are good songs (especially ‘Everything is good for you’) and are more often than not, forgotten.

7. Time on Earth- Always find myself fishing for it in the cabinet but skip many of the songs and tend to only listen to ‘Don’t stop now’ often. 

The Pineapple Head posted:
Annah posted:

My list:

1. Together Alone- Despite what many say about ‘Skin Feeling’ it’s a prime example of Paul’s intimate, funny and perhaps nostalgic song writing ability. Neil takes us to various places as well, from ‘Kare Kare’ to ‘ Walking on the spot’ I always play this album all the way through.

2. Woodface- So many songs I adore on this album! From the feel good classics to the story told in ‘How will you go’ with a beautiful harmony from the Finn’s. ‘I’m still here’ is also a pleasant surprise (also love ‘All I ask’) 

3. Temple Of Low Men- Morbid yet meaningful this album is like an emotional roller coaster. From the classic ‘Better be home soon’ and ‘Love this life’ Neil really told some amazing stories and definitely captured emotions and events in this album.

4. Afterglow- Every song on this album is lovely and I will forever sing ‘My telly’s gone bung’ when anyone complains about a soap opera storyline. Neil’s ‘I love you dawn’ and ‘I am in love’ have stuck with me since I was little.

5. Crowded House- Will always appreciate the 80s style on this one and will never tire of the happy vibe it gives off.

6. Recurring Dream- While it is seen as more of a greatest hits album as it is a compilation of their hits ‘Not the girls you think you are’, ‘Everything is good for you’ and ‘Instinct’ are good songs (especially ‘Everything is good for you’) and are more often than not, forgotten.

7. Time on Earth- Always find myself fishing for it in the cabinet but skip many of the songs and tend to only listen to ‘Don’t stop now’ often.

Do you feel Intriguer does not deserve CH album status? XD

 

Do you feel Intriguer does not deserve CH album status? XD

Lol, I think I would rank Intriguer equal with TOE. I play the singles all the time and when I’m with my Mum I listen to it constantly but I don’t think I’d go out of my way for it.

I came across my Top 25 Most played songs on iTunes and most of them are Finn songs. I didn't know where to post this, so I'll list the songs from top down, right here if that's okay. I really like Finn brothers, and evidently I've played TOE quite a bit. This is on my work computer.

Message to my girl

Nothing’s wrong with you

My legs are gone

Walking on the Spot

Part of me, part of you

Gentle hum

Homesick

Distant Sun

Anything can happen

All the colors

Edible flowers

Fall at your feet

Don’t dream it’s over

She called up

Nobody wants to

Say that again

A life between us

Won’t give in

Better be home soon

When you come

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