New single announced .. To The Island – 2/18/2021.
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I'm really excited about the song judging by the snippet from the Fangradio Christmas show. The album will definitely be worth the wait.
Exciting news! Hope the album drops soon!
Thanks for letting us know! I haven’t heard the snippet 🤔 Looking forward to going in as naively as possible...
Does Neil sing “**** just got real” at one point in there? Ha.
It’s a fun song, like Whatever You Want I assume it will grow on me. The video is pretty neat though I could have done without Liam in the lift.
After one listen, I like it better than Whatever You Want. Gives me more hope for the album.
Nick looking quite dapper.
Color me unimpressed again just like the 1st single. Too much Pajama Club like for me... again. Part of it is the drums. Seems very vanilla !
Overall I like it! The kind of compressed drum sound reminds of the first two albums - I don't really like the drum sound on either of those albums. Think both of the new tracks will be good live!
Eh, maybe it'll grow on me a bit like Whatever You Want, but I don't know. I'd be interested to see the songwriting credits on this album. This one sounds like a Liam song, which is what I was afraid of. I didn't want this to be just the next Neil Finn project, featuring his sons and some old friends, but that's kinda what it seems like so far.
Crowded House is a flexible framework; their albums vary quite a lot in style and atmosphere, but there's still a common core running through it all.
So it's not that I expect it to be totally of a piece with what's come before. But I did hope those common threads would continue...Neil being (pretty much) the main songwriting attraction, with strong and direct melodies, unabashedly poppy hooks, assertive vocals and peppy arrangements, melodic Nick Seymour bass lines, etc.
Not what I'm hearing so far, personally. Bit of a letdown.
This is more of what I was expecting. A little bit weird but a through line underneath it all of pop sensibilities. A big step up compared to 'Whatever You Want'.
Enjoyed the film clip as well. I take it Mitchell and Nick were filmed separate to the Finns and inserted in to the nightclub scene?
On first listening I wasn't thrilled. Verse led me down a Pajama club alley, the chorus nearly hooked me but not quite and the structure felt too broken up for me to get into.
I've listened multiple times since and I am really enjoying this song immensely. I do sense Liam's fingerprints on this but I also feel like it picks up threads from TOE/Intriguer era Crowded House.
It's joyous and hopeful and speaks to the times we live in.
I manage my expectations pretty rigorously this days 🤔 especially after Whatever You Want, which I didn't find very engaging at all.
I've already played To the Island many more times than the WYW. I'm finding it a far more captivating song emotionally. I'm enjoying its catchy swing.
I wouldn't be surprised if this was Liam's chorus and Neil added the verses?
It's the kind of song that would have been an outtake in the noughties, which does allow for more quirkiness I think.
Well, Crowded House is many things. A band that's been through several iterations, as well as being a superannuation fund, a future source of income for Neil's boys in an uncertain world.
This song does speak to our times, though a multimillion dollar house in a nice part of LA is an island most can only dream of.
I still have the video clip and the fangradio to look forward to 🎶
What's so familiar about Mitchell's part at the ending? Song of the Lonely Mountain!
Not bad at all... much better than the 1st single... kinda didn't hold much hope for the whole album as most reunion records aren't too great...
But maybe it will be good...
I've listened to it 3 times and can't recall any of the melodies in my mind's ear.
I can't work out if that's a good thing or not! I.e. instantly forgettable or gonna be a real grower...
...What I will add is that they were really great on Fang Radio yesterday/today - vibes and interplay was wonderful and the acoustic set they played was pretty great (in my opinion)
The song's swingy, leg-kicking vibe reminded me of ""Why Does It Always Rain on Me? by Travis.