Things have been a bit slow on the boards recently, to the point where I am almost (but only almost) missing the action from the now-locked Voldemort Thread initiated by jmacj.
Amidst that thread's blizzard of sillinesses and nastinesses, there were some intermittently promising discussions, especially about what works and what doesn't work on Time on Earth -- which (as we all know by now) started out as Neil's third solo record but morphed into Crowded House's fifth studio album. I tried to resuscitate this discussion in the thread about what the other band members contribute to Neil's songs, but I realized the way I framed the topic was too, um, "obscure."
My question is NOT about which songs you prefer on Time on Earth -- the Johns "solo" tracks or the Lillywhite "band" tracks -- but about how they are different in terms of their performance vibes. How does Neil "solo" sound different on the record from Neil with "band," even though Neil and Nick play in both line-ups?
I actually prefer the "solo" songs as *songs*. But I prefer the Lillywhite-produced numbers as *performances*, even though (with the exception of Don't Stop Now) I don't particularly like them as songs. I wonder if others here have had a similar response. And, if so, what is it for you that makes the performance of these songs so different (or not) from the "solo" tracks?