Together Alone

Temple of Lowmen

Time On Earth

Woodface

Crowded House

Intriguer

I think Time On Earth will become a much respected hidden treasure in years to come. It has some absolute gems that never seem to get mentioned as much as others from other albums. I also think Intriguer is a much better album than I originally gave it credit for - it could easily have ranked above the first album, for me.  I find Woodface seriously disjointed and it very much reflects the writing/recording process, which was seriously awry.

Ok, I'll bite.

Temple of Low men

Song for song, the strongest of them all IMHO. This was also the first and only one I had for a while, so it was in heavy rotation and I never minded hearing it again. A unique trip with grittyness and sublime rapture.

Together Alone

Very strong and would have been first but doesn’t hold up song for song as TOLM to me. No doubt it contains some very powerful numbers among Neil’s best works.

Woodface

This is my favorite to sing along with, thanks to all the Tim harmonies. And I’ll happily sing Neil’s parts, too. But there are a few songs which I never really took to, and they tend to get skipped as I consider them novelties. I’m still here, notwithstanding.

Time on Earth

Fresh and meaningful expressions shared on compact disc. A few really good gems on an album which tends to run on like a director’s cut of a movie I already enjoy.

Crowded House

So many great moments. The telephone ring, for example. It does sound a bit dated, but the exuberance and new sound can still carry on.

Intriguer

A shorter collection which brought us yanks another tour, always a bonus. It just doesn’t seem as if they were trying as hard. Although when it was new I was loving every track as an earnest fan would. I also had personal things going on at this time so it’s lost some luster there. Still, better than most of the stuff on the radio (duh).

1. Temple of Low Men

Nearly a perfect album, if only Kill Eye was a tad stronger

2. Woodface

The back half has grown on me a lot, maybe 1 or 2 lesser tracks like Fame Is & Indian Plastic.

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3. Time on Earth

This could end up being Neil's last hurrah of high quality. The deluxe edition reveals how many great tracks didn't make the cut, and the lyrics are laced with grief. As a kid who became a big fan in the early 00s through Recurring Dream, this (and the earlier Finn Brothers album and sensational Farewell to the World release) were my first experiences with new Finn.

4. Together Alone

A little overpraised among Crowdies, but consistent quality throughout. Has more of a live feel. Could maybe shed Walking on the Spot and re-sequence Skin Feeling.

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5. Crowded House

About half of this album features some of their very best tracks (e.g. DDIO, HITR, WWYL, MTM, SSS, etc.), but the dated production is grating, particularly on lesser moments.

6. Intriguer

Just a solid album without many highs to speak of. CH are clearly capable of better, but I don't mind it.

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