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:
When You Come
Love This Life
Fall At Your Feet
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.