Interesting to see last two before some oldies

Here is mine:

1. Together Alone - as best album ever from anybody

2. Woodface

3. Intriguer

4. Temple of low Men

5. Time on earth

6. Crowded House

Woodface and Intriguer long time battled for second place, but Woodface won, because there has been too many excellent songs left off official Intriguer plus it would be interesting to hear Intriguer if production and all Wilco influence went in some other direction. Appart of that, Intriguer era was one of the most exciting with many brilliant songs to me.

And, if list would be expanded with Afterglow, I would put Afterglow on 5.th place together with Time on Earth. And if it would be expanded even more with never released album with songs from and around 1995., (Instinct, Everything is good, Not the girl, Anthem, Taste of something divine, Help is coming, Spirit of the stairs, I am so scared of losing, Loose Tongue) I would put that album with those songs directly on second place, shortly after Together Alone and before Woodface.

1. Together Alone - every song on this album is a 10 and there are 13 of them!

2. Woodface - this album has nearly as many 10's as TA, but it's got more tracks and not all of them are 10's.

3. Temple of Low Men - Every song is a 10 but there are only 10 of them!

4. Crowded House - OK, maybe not every song is a 10 here, but some of the 10's would be 11's if the scale went up that high.

5. Time On Earth - The excitement of the reunion combined with some great songs give this an edge over Intriguer. There are also so many songs that I can forgive a couple duds.

6. Intriguer - When you're doing your second reunion album with just 10 songs they had better all be exceptional and on this album they're just not. Still I love this album, but I can't place it over any of the others.

 

I'm surprised CH has been ranking so low and Intriguer so high (so far). Very interesting. I'd be interested to see what country everyone is from to see if there are any patterns. I'm in the U.S, and my ranking is:

1. Temple Of Low Men 

2. Woodface

3. Crowded House

4. Together Alone

5. Time On Earth

6. Intriguer

Honestly, it's a virtual tie between the first three. Also, I'm going by my feelings about the original releases, which feels odd to me now at this vantage point.

My apologies for expanding the topic a bit, but that's why these forums are fun - the free-wheleling. sprawling discussions that can branch out into interesting places. It makes me think about how hard it is now for me to think about "Crowded House" as a separate entity to any of Neil Finn's other work. The reissues (including "Afterglow") have really altered my perception about Neil Finn's entire catalog, which I now see as the blurred, monolithic musical continuum that he often refers to in recent interviews, with no real distinction between solo albums, CH, or Finn Brothers apart from how the songs are clothed.

For instance, as I understand it, Woodface contains a couple songs from the original Finn Brothers sessions where Nick and Paul aren't even playing (at least together), so are they really Crowded House by definition? Neil's solo home demos of unreleased songs on all the CH reissues are now Crowded House songs only because he released them on CH reissues, when he could have just as easily saved them and recorded them on solo albums at any point. "Loose Tongue" and "Strangest Friends" were both played/recorded by Crowded House (without Paul Hester in 1995 and 2011, respectively) before ending up on Neil's next contemporary solo albums, so does he just write songs and decide later where they belong? Are they considered CH, Neil solo, or Finn Brothers simply because that's who ended up recording them, when his original intent for the songwriting, itself, was just to write good songs and explore his craft - without any real gameplan for where they will end up? 

Even from the beginning, the lines are blurred between the songs he wrote, demoed and recorded in the last years of Split Endz and the beginning of Crowded House, with quite a bit of overlap. Then right after TOLM, he began writing with Tim for their aborted Finn Brothers album, so there's no real purity in either their first album or Woodface as "Crowded House albums" and by TA, he was already starting to think about a solo career and working with Tim on the first official released Finn Brothers album. The 1995 CH demo sessions didn't click for Neil and validated his already growing conviction that CH was no longer the right vehicle for his recent compositions.  

Those 1995 solo and studio demo songs ("Loose Tongue" for sure and who knows what else he had in the works with co-writer James Moginie), overlap with the material that ended up on "Try Whistling This." It's well known that "TOE" began life as a Neil solo album, but became a CH album after Paul's tragic death, so, clearly the intent for the original songs written and recorded at that time was NOT for them to be CH songs. Then, of course, there are the CH, Neil solo, Tim solo and the Finn Brothers live shows where they all seem to have no problem playing or drawing no distinction between songs from Split Endz, CH, Neil solo, Tim solo or Finn Brothers. While I can understand a human need to want to delineate and put things in neat categories, the Finn's by words and actions defy this categorization consistently since day one. 

I saw the other thread asking for rating/ordering the favorite Neil Finn solo albums, but I would be interested in seeing ALL of the Neil-Finn related releases ranked, all mixed together because, as far as Neil is concerned (and, now, me as, well) it's all one evolving body of work which has been labelled under different bands/projects names for the sake of clarity and marketing more than creative intent and Neil's own mind-frame and process during the writing and demoing of the actual songs over the years. 

I highly recommend creating a chronological playlist (mine's in iTunes) that includes every available recording official or unofficial, which show a clear evolution of Neil Finn's art from After Hours in 1977 through the "Dizzy Heights" symphonic shows in 2015 and every demo,  live performance, official release, side project and everything in between. It's a remarkable, impressive organic evolution of one of the greatest songwriters of all times. 

1 - Together Alone. Far and away my favourite album from any group. It's just perfect.

2 - Temple. A pretty close second. 

3 - Woodface. A great summer album that perhaps, is just a couple of songs too long.

4 - Crowded House. As much as I like it, it is the album of a band who haven't quite found their feet, and I could do without some of the 80's production.

5 - Time on Earth. It's not a bad album by any means, and it does have a couple of stone cold classics on it but again, it's too long and is the first CH album where I will routinely skip tracks.

6 - Intriguer. Last by a long shot. This is the only CH album I would class as poor. I like Saturday sun and Amsterdam but beyond that, I can happily live without it.

1. Together Alone
What can I say that hasn't been said? I've never been able to separate this and Earth & Sun & Moon in choosing my favourite album ever, nor do I want to as neither deserves to come 2nd in my books.

2. Afterglow
I know this album is outside the criteria, but I'm taking the opportunity to show how highly I rate it. As a compilation, it may or may not lack the flow of the other albums, but I wouldn't know- I rarely listen to albums start to finish. I listen through iPods etc and randomly choose whichever song I feel like hearing. As the sum of its parts, this is bettered only by TA.

3. Woodface
Extremley difficult to split this and ToLM, both contain about 5 of my very favourites, but Woodface just gets the nod for its depth of other solid tracks.

4. Temple of Low Men

5. Time on Earth
Without doubt the biggest 'grower' of an album I have experienced. These songs just worm their way a little further into me every time, even now- three years after first exploring it.

6. Intriguer
Perhaps its relative freshness helped put this ahead of the debut album...

7. Crowded House
Attending the Sydney concert in November, hearing the crowd recite every word to the classics from this album reinvigorated my appreciation for them after years of repeated listens had admittedly worn off some of the magic for me. It leaves me feeling a little bad ranking this last, but the reality is that in its studio form, this album always walked the tightrope between being joyfully 80's and gratingly 80's to my ears.

Together Alone

Temple of Low Men

Intriguer

Time on Earth

Woodface

Crowded House

...ToE and Woodface are the most frustrating to rank, as the highs are exceptional, but both have weak spots (Heaven That I'm Making, A Sigh, All I Ask, All I Ask, All I Ask...).

The first record isn't ranked low by so many because we've fallen out of love with DDIO or Mean To Me, it's just that about half the record is pretty forgettable.

Thom Bullock posted:

 

The first record isn't ranked low by so many because we've fallen out of love with DDIO or Mean To Me, it's just that about half the record is pretty forgettable.

I love all the songs on the debut (except maybe That's What I Call Love - but the tasteless horns at the end are still entertaining ) but I still put it at #5. It's being ranked so low because CH are one of the most consistent bands ever and they just kept on getting better as they matured.

Hawk57 posted:

I love all the songs on the debut (except maybe That's What I Call Love - but the tasteless horns at the end are still entertaining )

The gratuitous bells and whistles (and horns) are fun in a whacky way, but do get on my nerves eventually. The outro of Mean To Me, for example, almost becomes annoying. My blame now lays squarely on the production, as I've discovered that the outro is downright euphoric when played live.

I like this post. It's so interesting to see people's rankings...

Here's mine:

1. Woodface

2. Together Alone

3. Time On Earth

4. Temple Of Low Men

5. tie between Crowded House & Intriguer

I personally love them all, and they all have Classic songs. I ranked them based on how they make me feel or what memories they bring back.

1. Together Alone

2. Woodface

3. Crowded House

4. Temple of Low Men

5. Intriguer 

6. Time On Earth

 

Surprised to see that the debut album doesn't rank higher across the fanbase. I love it for its mix of hits, rock, pop and experimentation. I will say one thing - if the band had recorded their fifth album shortly after Together Alone, it would have been their best album now that we have greater insight as to the songs that would have formed the whole. 

I absolutely love the debut album. It's got a great sound and some ridiculously catchy songs (including DDIO, my favorite of all time). But boy did they manage to follow it up again and again and again. The Crowded House catalog is quite the embarrassment of riches.

1. Together Alone

2. Time on Earth

3. Crowded House

4. Woodface

5. Temple of Low Men

6. Intriguer 

I'd say 3 and 4, and 5 and 6 are interchangeable, on any given day. For what it's worth, I'd put Afterglow second.  I think Time on Earth is maybe the most inconsistent album, but it's peaks lifted out into 2nd for me. 

Just looking at the list, it seems harsh on Intriguer, but I can't say it's better than any of the others, though it's probably the one it's been the longest since I've heard. 

  1. TA & TOLM = equal
  2. TOE & INTRIGUER = equal
  3. WOODFACE
  4. AFTERGLOW
  5. CH

I really can't pick between my top 2 (or is it 4?), so don't insist, Woodface was my first foray into CH but after seeing them live on the Woodface tour I soon brought the earlier material and Mansion in the Slums has always been my best ever track

In reality, there's a Finn track for every mood or every hour so why choose?

To me, its just nice to see last two albums, TOE and Intriguer in high places at some frenz rankings. It means that CH are still capable to make more than decent record (altough TOE is only partly CH), even better than some of previous ones. And it partly means that fans are not stuck in 1996., always regreting for the past, always and just criticising newers. Its a good thing!

Mariola posted:

To me, its just nice to see last two albums, TOE and Intriguer in high places at some frenz rankings. It means that CH are still capable to make more than decent record (altough TOE is only partly CH), even better than some of previous ones. And it partly means that fans are not stuck in 1996., always regreting for the past, always and just criticising newers. Its a good thing!

I imagine most of that has to do with the time when you discovered the band. My first exposure to CH was when the Recurring Dream best of came out, which, as you can imagine, involved a short period of elation followed by frustration that I'd been born about 7 years too late ��

As a consequence, ToE and Intriguer hold a place in my heart because they were the first time the band and I were "current." Would I still regard them if I'd followed them/seen them live in the Paul era? I'm not sure. Fortunately, I don't know, and I can just enjoy them.

 

For me it's

Together Alone

Woodface

Time On Earth

Temple of Low Men

Intriguer

Crowded House

 

Together Alone is a masterpiece. Every song is brilliant and varied. You have the rock songs (Locked Out and Black and White Boy) that sound way better thanks to the brilliance of Mark Hart. Then you have completely outlandish songs (Pineapple Head and Private Universe). We also have highly emotional ones (Kare Kare and Together Alone). And everything in between is brilliant. Truly spectacular. 10/10

I feel that Woodface and Together Alone are almost the same level. I would say that I prefer Woodface but Together Alone is a better album. Woodface, for me feels more quirky and I adore a lot of it's (Weather With You, Four Seasons in One Day, There Goes God, As Sure As I Am, Italian Plastic and How Will You Go) I have found that some songs (Fall At Your Feet, Tall Trees and Fame Is) are some of my least favorites. 9.5/10

Time On Earth is mainly Crowded House as a duet and I really do enjoy that. For me this album is a game of two halves. The first is a classic Crowded House album in the same vain as Woodface. From this all six songs are for me brilliant (Nobody Wants To, Don't Stop Now, She Called Up, Say That Again, Pour le Monde and Even A Child) Then after Even A Child we have the closest Crowded House have come to a concept album and it really works, with its themes of loss, ageing and how short our 'Time On Earth' really is. While I do really like a some of these songs (Heaven That I'm Making, Silent House and People Are Like Suns), all the others sort of blur into one. That and it is very upsetting listening at times. 8/10

Temple of Low Men, singles wise is the best. All five of them (I Feel Possessed, Into Temptation, When You Come, Sister Madly and Better Be Home Soon) are amazing and I adore them. The others songs are pretty good as well. But this album feels the least rewarding as my top five songs are the five singles. No album track is anywhere near their level for me. 7/10

While Temple of Low Men suffers from amazing singles syndrome, Intriguer suffers from meh singles syndrome (Saturday Sun and Either Side of the World). However I do love a lot of the album tracks (Archer's Arrows, Amsterdam, Falling Dove, Twice If You're Lucky and Even If). Everything else is meh. It feels much more of a band effort than Time On Earth and I would love another Crowdies V.2 album, even if it's Afterglow 2. 7/10

Crowded House is a flawed debut. For me four of the singles (Mean To Me, World Where You Live, Don't Dream It's Over and Something So Strong) are superb and I really enjoy. While loved by a few people a few songs like (Love You 'Til the Day I Die, Hole In the River and Can't Carry On and That's What I Call Love) are some of the band's worst offerings and very poor in my opinion. Everything non-singles in this album sort of blurs into one for me. 5/10

 

This discussion is interesting as Together Alone seems to have the most spots in the #1 position. I would love to know the nationalities and when in time they started liking CH .  The way my list goes might reflect the way life was at each release and how much time was given to the Album to entrench it in my psyche. 

1. Temple of Low Men

2.  Time on Earth

3. Crowded House

4. Intriguer 

5. Woodface

6.Together Alone

 

The Pineapple Head posted:

For me it's

Together Alone

Woodface

Time On Earth

Temple of Low Men

Intriguer

Crowded House

 

Together Alone is a masterpiece. Every song is brilliant and varied. You have the rock songs (Locked Out and Black and White Boy) that sound way better thanks to the brilliance of Mark Hart. Then you have completely outlandish songs (Pineapple Head and Private Universe). We also have highly emotional ones (Kare Kare and Together Alone). And everything in between is brilliant. Truly spectacular. 10/10

I feel that Woodface and Together Alone are almost the same level. I would say that I prefer Woodface but Together Alone is a better album. Woodface, for me feels more quirky and I adore a lot of it's (Weather With You, Four Seasons in One Day, There Goes God, As Sure As I Am, Italian Plastic and How Will You Go) I have found that some songs (Fall At Your Feet, Tall Trees and Fame Is) are some of my least favorites. 9.5/10

Time On Earth is mainly Crowded House as a duet and I really do enjoy that. For me this album is a game of two halves. The first is a classic Crowded House album in the same vain as Woodface. From this all six songs are for me brilliant (Nobody Wants To, Don't Stop Now, She Called Up, Say That Again, Pour le Monde and Even A Child) Then after Even A Child we have the closest Crowded House have come to a concept album and it really works, with its themes of loss, ageing and how short our 'Time On Earth' really is. While I do really like a some of these songs (Heaven That I'm Making, Silent House and People Are Like Suns), all the others sort of blur into one. That and it is very upsetting listening at times. 8/10

Temple of Low Men, singles wise is the best. All five of them (I Feel Possessed, Into Temptation, When You Come, Sister Madly and Better Be Home Soon) are amazing and I adore them. The others songs are pretty good as well. But this album feels the least rewarding as my top five songs are the five singles. No album track is anywhere near their level for me. 7/10

While Temple of Low Men suffers from amazing singles syndrome, Intriguer suffers from meh singles syndrome (Saturday Sun and Either Side of the World). However I do love a lot of the album tracks (Archer's Arrows, Amsterdam, Falling Dove, Twice If You're Lucky and Even If). Everything else is meh. It feels much more of a band effort than Time On Earth and I would love another Crowdies V.2 album, even if it's Afterglow 2. 7/10

Crowded House is a flawed debut. For me four of the singles (Mean To Me, World Where You Live, Don't Dream It's Over and Something So Strong) are superb and I really enjoy. While loved by a few people a few songs like (Love You 'Til the Day I Die, Hole In the River and Can't Carry On and That's What I Call Love) are some of the band's worst offerings and very poor in my opinion. Everything non-singles in this album sort of blurs into one for me. 5/10

 

Really great post. I especially like what you said Time On Earth having a concept album feel.  I agree and that's how I also feel about Out of Silence which has the feel of a story.

  1. Together Alone
  2. Temple of Low Men
  3. Woodface
  4. Intriguer
  5. Crowded House
  6. Time On Earth

Together Alone is not just my number 1 CH album, but my number 1 album ever. It has an innate quality about it - atmospheric, great tunes, a band on fire. 

Although Time On Earth is last, its not that it is bad, it is just not quite as cohesive as the rest.

The other thing is that there some great tunes left off any full album, excluding compilations e.g. Anyone Can Tell, Recurring Dream, Only Way To Go Is Forwards...

Hi all,

It’s been very interesting reading everyone’s ranking.

Putting all 6 studio albums in order is certainly a challenge but I’ll give it a whirl:

I’ll do mine in two parts - first rank now (based on the million of times I’ve listened to them) and part two (second rank) after I’ve re listened to them all again throughout this week.

First Rank:

  1. Together Alone
  2. Woodface
  3. Time On Earth
  4. Temple Of Low Men
  5. Crowded House
  6. Intriguer 

I'm going to cop out and put them all at 1! 😀 This is the same ranking as the Split Enz albums.

As for Afterglow, I think it should be considered as a studio album. Most of them are songs recorded in a studio not as demos and not included on any other album...just my opinion. I'm sure someone will mention single b-sides, and say it's a compilation of 'rare' recordings, but I still consider it an album in its own right. 😎

1. Together Alone

2. Woodface

3. Temple of Low Men

4. Intriguer

5. Crowded House

6. Time on Earth

Since @usaoz did ask for nationality and start of fandom -- it's German and I started in mid 1987 with the debut album.

TA is, as many others have stated, not just my CH-#1-Album, it's my all-time-fave pop record. I get back to it time and again and haven given away at least 10 copies of it. Woodface is not that coherent as an album for me; a string of great songs on it, but maybe it could have been 12 instead of 14 tunes. TOLM is a big step forward in complexity and seriousness from the debut album, it has "I Feel Possessed" and "Into Temptation" on it, but it lacks an "album" feel. Intriguer surprised me, I had not expected that much after "Saturday Sun". The debut album has these singles, but it could have been produced better (especially since I have listened to the deluxe version with that load of fresh ideas). "Time on Earth" is just two songs for me, and both are Paul related: "English Trees" and "Nobody Wants To".

Dorthonion posted:

1. Together Alone

2. Woodface

3. Temple of Low Men

4. Intriguer

5. Crowded House

6. Time on Earth

Since @usaoz did ask for nationality and start of fandom -- it's German and I started in mid 1987 with the debut album.

TA is, as many others have stated, not just my CH-#1-Album, it's my all-time-fave pop record. I get back to it time and again and haven given away at least 10 copies of it. Woodface is not that coherent as an album for me; a string of great songs on it, but maybe it could have been 12 instead of 14 tunes. TOLM is a big step forward in complexity and seriousness from the debut album, it has "I Feel Possessed" and "Into Temptation" on it, but it lacks an "album" feel. Intriguer surprised me, I had not expected that much after "Saturday Sun". The debut album has these singles, but it could have been produced better (especially since I have listened to the deluxe version with that load of fresh ideas). "Time on Earth" is just two songs for me, and both are Paul related: "English Trees" and "Nobody Wants To".

I agree that Woodface should have been a shorter album (12 songs).  If they had dropped Fame Is and Italian Plastic, it would be much stronger (IMHO), but the level of songwriting and performance on Woodface is staggeringly good.

Chocolate Cake

It's Only Natural

Fall at Your Feet

Tall Trees

Weather With You

Whispers and Moans

Four Seasons in One Day

There Goes God

All I Ask

As Sure As I Am

She Goes On

How Will You Go

Sugar Mouse posted:
Dorthonion posted:

1. Together Alone

2. Woodface

3. Temple of Low Men

4. Intriguer

5. Crowded House

6. Time on Earth

Since @usaoz did ask for nationality and start of fandom -- it's German and I started in mid 1987 with the debut album.

TA is, as many others have stated, not just my CH-#1-Album, it's my all-time-fave pop record. I get back to it time and again and haven given away at least 10 copies of it. Woodface is not that coherent as an album for me; a string of great songs on it, but maybe it could have been 12 instead of 14 tunes. TOLM is a big step forward in complexity and seriousness from the debut album, it has "I Feel Possessed" and "Into Temptation" on it, but it lacks an "album" feel. Intriguer surprised me, I had not expected that much after "Saturday Sun". The debut album has these singles, but it could have been produced better (especially since I have listened to the deluxe version with that load of fresh ideas). "Time on Earth" is just two songs for me, and both are Paul related: "English Trees" and "Nobody Wants To".

I agree that Woodface should have been a shorter album (12 songs).  If they had dropped Fame Is and Italian Plastic, it would be much stronger (IMHO), but the level of songwriting and performance on Woodface is staggeringly good.

Chocolate Cake

It's Only Natural

Fall at Your Feet

Tall Trees

Weather With You

Whispers and Moans

Four Seasons in One Day

There Goes God

All I Ask

As Sure As I Am

She Goes On

How Will You Go

My WOODFACE 12 Songs - I would cut:

All I Ask (worst CH song ever)

 

As sure as I am or Tall Trees

Sugar Mouse posted:
Dorthonion posted:

1. Together Alone

2. Woodface

3. Temple of Low Men

4. Intriguer

5. Crowded House

6. Time on Earth

Since @usaoz did ask for nationality and start of fandom -- it's German and I started in mid 1987 with the debut album.

TA is, as many others have stated, not just my CH-#1-Album, it's my all-time-fave pop record. I get back to it time and again and haven given away at least 10 copies of it. Woodface is not that coherent as an album for me; a string of great songs on it, but maybe it could have been 12 instead of 14 tunes. TOLM is a big step forward in complexity and seriousness from the debut album, it has "I Feel Possessed" and "Into Temptation" on it, but it lacks an "album" feel. Intriguer surprised me, I had not expected that much after "Saturday Sun". The debut album has these singles, but it could have been produced better (especially since I have listened to the deluxe version with that load of fresh ideas). "Time on Earth" is just two songs for me, and both are Paul related: "English Trees" and "Nobody Wants To".

I agree that Woodface should have been a shorter album (12 songs).  If they had dropped Fame Is and Italian Plastic, it would be much stronger (IMHO), but the level of songwriting and performance on Woodface is staggeringly good.

Chocolate Cake

It's Only Natural

Fall at Your Feet

Tall Trees

Weather With You

Whispers and Moans

Four Seasons in One Day

There Goes God

All I Ask

As Sure As I Am

She Goes On

How Will You Go

Why do a lot of people seem to dislike Italian Plastic? It's one of my all time favorites. Just curious.

The Pineapple Head posted:
Why do a lot of people seem to dislike Italian Plastic? It's one of my all time favorites. Just curious.

I think the verses are pretty weak. The chorus is memorable and catchy but a bit sappy at the same time. Certainly has the fingerprints of Hester all over it- quirky, fun, melodramatic but heartfelt. I still enjoy it as a tribute to Paul. It's better than My Telly's Gone Bung, but I still think the funnest Hester cameo was I'm Still Here.

Cradle2Grave posted:
The Pineapple Head posted:
Why do a lot of people seem to dislike Italian Plastic? It's one of my all time favorites. Just curious.

I think the verses are pretty weak. The chorus is memorable and catchy but a bit sappy at the same time. Certainly has the fingerprints of Hester all over it- quirky, fun, melodramatic but heartfelt. I still enjoy it as a tribute to Paul. It's better than My Telly's Gone Bung, but I still think the funnest Hester cameo was I'm Still Here.

I adore Italian Plastic.  I love the sound of Neil and Paul harmonizing together on that song.  It doesn’t matter what words they’re singing, the sound is so good to my ears they could be singing the phone book for all I care.

Together Alone

Woodface

Temple Of Low Men

Time On Earth

Intriguer 

Crowded House 

I didn't include Afterglow as it's a compilation but If I did it would go above Intriguer and CH.

Together Alone is just beautiful and I adore it. It's so moody and sexy. I even love 'Skin Feeling' which doesn't seem to get much recognition. The title track is amazing, and Nails In My Feet is possibly my favourite ever song by Neil. I would have added Help Is Coming to make it even better!

I'd take Italian Plastic off Woodface, but other than that it's perfect to me.

TOLM is superb from start to finish in terms of songwriting and performance, but suffers a little from the production style, which isn't to my taste.

Time On Earth is hit and miss for me, but I LOVE Silent House, Say That Again, English Trees and A Sigh. Lost Island and the lost title track should have made the cut, no?

Intriguer. Hmm. I only like Archers Arrows and Amsterdam. The alternate version of Saturday Sun on the deluxe version is pretty good too. Speaking of the deluxe version... how good are Beautiful Life and Two Minutes Of Silence?? Wow.. That' the band back on full form! Also, God Lives Over The Road, The Intriguer,  Eyes Grow Heavy and Turn It Around are all great and should have gone on the album, shouldn't they??

CH.. errr.. I actually just don't like this at all. Terrible production and some really cheesy songs. The live versions of Hole In The River and Love You Till The Day I Die are great though.

 

 

 

 

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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