G'day, all & sundry -
My maiden voyage post; hope that this hasn't been discussed before. However, has anyone noticed how varied each album sounded in terms of recording since Nigel and Neil joined? I think that Dizrhythmia exploded with life, especially with the arrangements. Frenzy has great songs but seemed recorded through cotton wool. True Colours speaks (sings?) for itself, but Corroboree/Waiata sounds (aurally) similar to Frenzy. Time & Tide shimmers and sparkles, yet Conflicting Emotions is very cluttered (& possibly the most dated in terms of sound). See Ya 'Round has some of the best songs in the cannon - Voices, Breakin' My Back, Years Go By, ADZ (great lyrics for contemporary society), and I Walk Away (& I don't see this record as a bridge to the Crowded House debut). It almost seems that there was one album that was spot on followed by an album that lost its way a little, followed by another brilliant album. Please don't think that I'm dismissing specific albums as I still love the songs (Ghost Girl, Marooned, Wail, The Devil You Know, Love Is The Roughest Toughest Game In The World, and Ships are amongst big favourites); it's just that sound of the recordings vary so much. I have the originals and the remasters; the originals are listened to more due to having less compression. I know we're very lucky for Split Enz to have existed; the luxury of a new album every year bar '78 was almost taken for granted....I cannot believe that it's 35 years this year since the Enz farewelled each other in terms of writing/releasing new music. Nobody as a BAND where everyone contributed so much all the time seems to have come close. Any thoughts?