God too many to mention all of them but for particualrly for me:

The bridge of In My Command (with the fantastic harmonies)

And though someone has mentioned the "And I'm lying on the table" bit of Distant Sun I'll mention it again cos this song is just so unbelievably good.

The bridge/keyboard break in Better Be Home Soon

Jeez this could go on all day...
Painaporo quoth: Yes, that's what I'm talking about. =)

Oh, so you mean that middle harmony on the "do you want my presence..." bit. Yeah, that is very cool - let's hope somebody covers it live these days. I'd be happy to do so if they need an extra keyboardist/vocalist...if anyone out there is chatting with Nick or Neil or Mark or Matt, let them know I'm available. Wink
Tonight one of my favorites is from Transit Lounge.

Actually, I think there are several really fabulous ones on this album. It's full of them.

My favorite Finn middle 8's are (in no particular order):

1. Fall at Your Feet

2. English Trees

3. Four Seasons in One Day

4. Love Is All That Remains

5. Flying In The Face of Love

6. Sunset Swim

I second the love for English Trees. "Nothing's sadder I know, than the passing of time" always gets me. It may have something to do with my long-term eidetic memory. It's uniquely saddening to have memories that are so vivid and near in my mind grow so distant in actual time.

But probably my three favourite middle eights come from Together Alone (where most of my favourite anythings come from).

Nails In My Feet, Private Universe, Fingers of Love (the hint is in the username)- all of those middle eights nearly make me melt.

Cradle2Grave posted:

I second the love for English Trees. "Nothing's sadder I know, than the passing of time" always gets me. It may have something to do with my long-term eidetic memory. It's uniquely saddening to have memories that are so vivid and near in my mind grow so distant in actual time.

But probably my three favourite middle eights come from Together Alone (where most of my favourite anythings come from).

Nails In My Feet, Private Universe, Fingers of Love (the hint is in the username)- all of those middle eights nearly make me melt.

To me, "English Trees" is one of the greatest songs Neil has ever written and one of the greatest songs ever written by anybody. The song has so much depth and subtle brilliance both lyrically and musically. And the studio version completely nails it. The way Neil takes the incredible 2nd verse ("the chords entwined like a requiem") into the "nothing's sadder I know than the passing of time" bridge and then closes the song with the "English trees in my garden, all of your crimes are forgiven" refrain is simply majestic. How a human being came up with this is beyond me.

"They lose their leaves in the winter
Mark the seasons for him and for her
Once upon a time in the fallen snow
Up against the sky made a silhouette show
England cries and she plays for him
The chords entwined like a requiem
Although it's springtime and color is new
In Regent's Park I will mourn for you
And I must be wise somehow
'Cause my heart's been broken down
It's so far to fall
And so hard to climb
Nothing's sadder, I know
Than the passing of time
Won't forget me
You won't forget me"
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Sugar Mouse posted:
Cradle2Grave posted:

I second the love for English Trees. "Nothing's sadder I know, than the passing of time" always gets me. It may have something to do with my long-term eidetic memory. It's uniquely saddening to have memories that are so vivid and near in my mind grow so distant in actual time.

But probably my three favourite middle eights come from Together Alone (where most of my favourite anythings come from).

Nails In My Feet, Private Universe, Fingers of Love (the hint is in the username)- all of those middle eights nearly make me melt.

To me, "English Trees" is one of the greatest songs Neil has ever written and one of the greatest songs ever written by anybody. The song has so much depth and subtle brilliance both lyrically and musically. And the studio version completely nails it. The way Neil takes the incredible 2nd verse ("the chords entwined like a requiem" into the "nothing's sadder I know than the passing of time" bridge and then closes the song with the "English trees in my garden, all of your crimes are forgiven" refrain is simply majestic. How a human being came up with is beyond me.

Amen to that.

"English Trees" always comes up a bit underrated in discussions about the album, but it is classic Neil in the best possible sense. "And though it's springtime and colour is new / In Regent's Park I will mourn for you" recalls the circumstances of Paul's death (the Finns had a concert in London four days after Paul's suicide) as well as evoke a sense of universal truth between life and death. Takes a thought about "displaced plants" and goes this far. Sublime song. 

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Dorthonion posted:
Sugar Mouse posted:
Cradle2Grave posted:

I second the love for English Trees. "Nothing's sadder I know, than the passing of time" always gets me. It may have something to do with my long-term eidetic memory. It's uniquely saddening to have memories that are so vivid and near in my mind grow so distant in actual time.

But probably my three favourite middle eights come from Together Alone (where most of my favourite anythings come from).

Nails In My Feet, Private Universe, Fingers of Love (the hint is in the username)- all of those middle eights nearly make me melt.

To me, "English Trees" is one of the greatest songs Neil has ever written and one of the greatest songs ever written by anybody. The song has so much depth and subtle brilliance both lyrically and musically. And the studio version completely nails it. The way Neil takes the incredible 2nd verse ("the chords entwined like a requiem" into the "nothing's sadder I know than the passing of time" bridge and then closes the song with the "English trees in my garden, all of your crimes are forgiven" refrain is simply majestic. How a human being came up with is beyond me.

Amen to that.

"English Trees" always comes up a bit underrated in discussions about the album, but it is classic Neil in the best possible sense. "And though it's springtime and colour is new / In Regent's Park I will mourn for you" recalls the circumstances of Paul's death (the Finns had a concert in London four days after Paul's suicide) as well as evoke a sense of universal truth between life and death. Takes a thought about "displaced plants" and goes this far. Sublime song. 

I put English Trees even in my best Neils 30 ever. I put it on collection for somebody else to hear for introduction with CH. Its supreme song, in Neils best manner, I love it!

Saturday Sun!! It's definitely not my favourite song from Intriguer, but the middle 8 may be my favourite part of the album. So glad that they replaced the middle 8 that was in the alternate version - that was simply dreadful!

Last to Know, Hole in the Ice, Gentle Hum, Private Universe, Heaven That I'm Making, Mean To Me, Fall at Your Feet, Elephants, Animal Vs Human, Disembodied Voices, Nobody Wants To... the list goes on.

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