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The best tracks from this incredible debut album are "Mean To Me", "World Where You Live", "Hole In The River", "Can't Carry On", "That's What I Call Love" and most of all the song that launched Crowded House to the big time worldwide, "Don't Dream It's Over". It is one of my favourite songs of all time as well as being my favourite Crowded House song.
I could give the album more than five stars because it is so superb. This was a great start for the band and I highly reccomend it to everyone who likes good pop/rock music and to anyone as a start to their Crowded House/Neil Finn collection.
From the confused, eerie tones of "Hole in the River", about Finn's aunt's suicide, to the classic, ethereal "Don't Dream It's Over", this album is full of music that surprises and challenges the listener, in the way that only Neil Finn and Crowded House know how.
The album, as a whole, is finely crafted, if a little rough around the edges, but that only adds to its charm. The lyrics tear up the rule book, one minute angst-ridden, the next minute hopelessly optimistic, seemingly laying bare the anguish, hopes and fears of Neil Finn.
As for the vocals, this man has a voice from the Gods. Capable of being sweet as honey, then raw and emotional.
Altogether, a classic album, especially for the band's debut effort.