April 23, 2010

Crowded House, 24 years on

A free download of the new Crowded House single, Saturday Sun.

Melodically and lyrically, the song is classic CH, but it has a bigger atmosphere than recent tracks, but the jury is still out for me. It's not immediate.
This one comes from a new album, out June 11, called, intriguingly, Intriguer.

Crowded House
launched when I was in high school and overtook the whole planet with Don't Dream It's Over, a song I've often compared to a modern day Whiter Shade Of Pale. Their first four albums, released between 1986 and 1994, are an imperial run of perfection. Neil Finn is surely one of the top 25 songwriters of his generation, but I am not sure he'll ever get the widespread recognition he deserves. The band certainly has a pretty massive following that is as fervent now as it was in the 80s.

Xolondon's Top Ten Plus One Crowded House Songs:

Private Universe
Into Temptation
When You Come
Love This Life
Fall At Your Feet
Kare Kare
Distant Sun
Four Seasons In One Day
Weather With You
Can't Carry On

and of course, Don't Dream It's Over

Crowded House also have the distinction of being the musical act I've seen live more times than anyone else. I'm not sure they've ever been able to capture on a recording just how epic they are live. Their songs will be covered forever.


sylvia/ticklethepear said...

Split Enz!

xolondon said...

No, I had those cut out last night.


Martin said...

Private Universe?

xolondon said...

Yes! Brainfart. Fixed. Who did Private Revolution - maybe World Party?

Christopher said...

I think "Nobody Wants To" stands l your top 11.

And I'd argue NF's solo work should be acknowledged, as "Last To Know" and "Addicted" are at least s strong as any of CH's output.

xolondon said...

Yeah, I avoided adding Finn, Finn Bros, solo or Enz - impossible to make a top ten when I add those!

Howard said...

Love CH, and would find it difficult to choose a top 10 - so many great songs, and depending on my mood, I could go with many of them. From the simplicity of Better Be Home Soon, to the manic Sister Madly, and so much in between. Look forward to hearing the new music.

Paul said...

When it came out I was obsessed for the longest time with Four Seasons In One Day, Chocolate Cake and Weather With you. All lovely.