slowpogo posted:Steve Shealy posted:Sugar Mouse posted:IainK posted:
I think this is probably the album where I stop caring about Finn releases. Neil (and co) are of course free to persue which ever direction they which to take, but equally it's time to accept that, after what, 4 albums under various guises (solo/PJC & L+N) that I've at best tolerated and at worst think are just diabolical, it is time to check out and stop throwing money after albums I just get no enjoyment out of whatsoever.
Wow. So sorry to hear that you find no enjoyment from Neil's recent work. I'm a huge fan of the Split Enz/Crowded House stuff and I also really enjoy Out of Silence and Lightsleeper. Dizzy Heights and Intriguer were solid to me but not great. I'm just happy that Neil continues to create.
Lightsleeper and Out of Silence are STILL so far above most of what is put out by other artists today.
Can’t really agree...subpar Neil Finn is still pretty good, yes, but there is a TON of great new music out there these days. I could list many but some recent new albums I’ve really enjoyed include The Vaccines, Leon Bridges, Neko Case, Janelle Monae...
Of course, there's a ton of great new music out there. Juien Baker, The National, Death Cab, Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes, Jason Isbel, Courtney Barnett, Matt Pond, Phoebe Bridgers, etc. have all put out great albums in recent years. That being said, Neil's recent albums are right up there with those albums. I think the issue with some fans is that they prefer the performance/arrangement style of those early Crowded House albums (jangly upbeat pop) over the more somber, piano-based arrangements on the recent albums. Neil's songwriting hasn't changed much over the years (great melodies, great classic song structures, etc.) but his arrangements and production have changed.