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The current lineup is Neil Finn, Liam Finn (guitar, vocals?), Mitchell Froom (keyboards, production?), Nick Seymour and Elroy Finn (drums).

It's not a glorified Neil solo album, at least in my opinion, they've got Neil, Nick and Froom involved. They gathered properly as a band in Los Angeles in late 2019/early 2020. It seems like they were in the thick of recording the album when the pandemic hit, so some of it must have been finished during the lockdown.

I'm still curious about some of the other credits, like who officially produced it? Neil and Mitchell, I would assume? And who mixed it - I would guess either Tchad Blake or Bob Clearmountain.

The snippet posted above is promising. It sounds like Neil is indeed back in Crowded House mode as I think of it, or at least as I prefer it, the classic style of their earlier albums, listenable and catchy. Kind of a "Cruel to Be Kind" vibe to that one. I'm excited to hear more.

I hardly ever post here, but I was really excited to check out the new song.  Great start to the song, with a really nifty bass part, but then it goes right into the chorus which I honestly find kind of weak and since they repeat it so much I am currently underwhelmed.   The verses are much much better melodically.  Someone in the you tube comments said it sounded Bowie-ish.  I don't think so.  I think it sounds like someone trying to fit a melody to an already written bass / drum part.  Bravo for the new CH music fellas.  Maybe a few more listens will help me appreciate it more?

Hm. As a lead single it seems pretty ho-hum compared to Don't Stop Now, for example. I like the production and the band sounds good. I'll keep listening but if I'm honest, I'm underwhelmed.

I'm remembering now, I had a very similar reaction to Saturday Sun a decade ago. I sure hope I like this album more than Intriguer.

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The song is catchy (sticks in the head pretty good....easy feat for a small mind like mine...lol)....someone said sounds like Pajama Club.  I felt the same.  And that is not too bad because something from Pajama Club was way overdue anyway, in my opinion.  They could have edited out the toilet scene though.  Now I can't show this to my wife, kid, grandparents etc etc.  lol.  Kinda embarrassed to send it to anyone.   

@renzo posted:

The song is catchy (sticks in the head pretty good....easy feat for a small mind like mine...lol)....someone said sounds like Pajama Club.  I felt the same.  And that is not too bad because something from Pajama Club was way overdue anyway, in my opinion.   

I would have been happy with a new PC album (yes, I liked the first one. sue me.)  But I'm having a hard time imagining this thrown into the middle of a bunch of Crowded House classics in concert. I feel like after the tour to promote the new album, it will be largely forgotten, at least live.

But, as has been noted before, sometimes Neil doesn't choose the most obvious for the first single; hopefully the rest of the album will recall more of the CH vibe.

At the 1:09 mark of the video.... is that perhaps Elroy?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZggTaHMoQYs&t=69s

I will listen to the song some more, but honestly it left me a bit... disinterested.  If it wasn't CH I don't know if I would have played the whole thing, and I doubt seriously that I would give it a second spin.   Most songs that stick with me over the long haul have to grow on me, but this doesn't feel like one of those songs.

I like it a lot.  Lots of people making a Pajama Club comparison but I don't really see that (apart from the prominent bass line).

For me the more obvious influence is Lindsay Buckingham-era Fleetwood Mac - both in the sophisticated arrangement and the vocals, with Neil singing at the very edge of his range in places.  His time singing those Buckingham songs with FM has rubbed off on him - in a good way.

Makes me very interested to hear the rest of the album.

I like it.

The song has made a better impression on me than Don't Stop Now or Saturday Sun. It certainly is more in an art-pop direction and, if i'm being honest, doesn't really reflect an earlier Crowded House sound (it could sort of work on Woodface).

But, the song has charm and heart (whilst lacking a Hart of another kind). I still think it was a mistake to let Mark loose as there are some palpable tonal differences with this lineup. The drum sound of the last 15-20 years also continues to be a bugbear of mine where there's a certain snare and echo lacking (although it seemed to return for Everyone Is here).

A great song which makes for an interesting context for the upcoming album.

Any release dates? Titles? At the moment it just looks like a standalone single.

I’m not into the video. Would rather see the band than whatever is going on there. But the song is great! Catchy and fun!

The opening bass and drums remind me a lot of “Saturday Sun.” It also sounds a lot like all the other albums Neil has released in the last ten years but better produced. Except for Out of Silence. It doesn’t sounds anything like that.

The album is called Dreamers Are Waiting but no clue on the release date.

@slowpogo posted:

The current lineup is Neil Finn, Liam Finn (guitar, vocals?), Mitchell Froom (keyboards, production?), Nick Seymour and Elroy Finn (drums).

It's not a glorified Neil solo album, at least in my opinion, they've got Neil, Nick and Froom involved. They gathered properly as a band in Los Angeles in late 2019/early 2020. It seems like they were in the thick of recording the album when the pandemic hit, so some of it must have been finished during the lockdown.

I'm still curious about some of the other credits, like who officially produced it? Neil and Mitchell, I would assume? And who mixed it - I would guess either Tchad Blake or Bob Clearmountain.

The snippet posted above is promising. It sounds like Neil is indeed back in Crowded House mode as I think of it, or at least as I prefer it, the classic style of their earlier albums, listenable and catchy. Kind of a "Cruel to Be Kind" vibe to that one. I'm excited to hear more.

Mix is by David Boucher.  Mastered by Bob Ludwig.  Producer credit is “Crowded House”.

I’m liking it more and more. It definitely put an extra skip in my step walking in the snow from downtown Winnipeg to my house 30 min away. Skipping in my mind all the way...but in a good way. So all in all I’m happy with the song and hoping the album is going to be amazing. Oh ya, one more thing, I like that it is more upbeat (I guess in a more happy key) than Don’t Stop Now or Saturday Sun. It does sound like his sons will have an influence on the sound and give things extra energy....

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