5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2004
Now, i would like to say that this album is one of the best albums you'll ever buy. i didnt really listen to this album when i got it. surprising!
However, after listening to all the other crowded house albums a lot, i decided to whirl this round. at first however, i didnt like it. in fact after that initial whirl, i didnt listen to it for at least a week or so preferring my other crowded house albums. i gave it a few more tries and it grew on me. it is a fantastic recording, a real earthy and chilled album in most places.
it is not however as much to my taste as the first three albums. it is far more adventorous and experimental than those albums and sometimes in my opinion, doesn't pull it off that well. i think "Private Universe" could be just as powerful without so many layers in it, and i don't really like "Locked Out". however, you've got bonafide classics such as "Distant Sun", "Pineapple Head", "Together Alone", "Nails in my Feet" etc.
if you like the crowdies, and enjoy their almost magical gift for beautiful melodies and sumptuous harmonies, then this album is a must. it completes the story of Crowded House and is one of the best albums you'll ever own!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2000
Together Alone, my favourite Crowded House album, rarely leaves my CD player. Neil Finn's vocals are very clear and easy on the ear - without ever being bland. Many tracks are deeply emotional, for example 'Nails in my Feet', 'Fingers of Love' and 'Private Universe'. Other tracks offer a livelier contrast to these eg. 'Black & White Boy' and 'Locked Out'. I can't pretend to understand all the lyrics but I have a wonderful time singing along anyway - Neil Finn is a seriously underrated writer of great melodies (and harmonies too!). Give this album at least a couple of listens and fall in love with it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2013
I remember listening to this as a child and listening to it now just reminds me how magical it is. The lyrics they use make it so every word triggers your imagination and if i'm correct in thinking that it was written in New Zealand?...then you can really tell as the instruments and some music is almost tribal. Will definitely be listening to it when I'm next on a beach.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 1999
Easily their finest hour. Here the band have shed the hollow, commercial edged pop often present on their previous albums. In its place is a much richer, wholesome sound from a band trying to be nothing but themselves. The album explores a multitude of mood and style ranging from dreamy ballad to powerful all out rock. A fine advert for the excellent song writing talents of frontman Neil Finn. 'Distant Sun' and 'Nails In My Feet' are possibly the best of a good bunch, but there are no weak songs here that so often let an album down. All in all one of those rare albums that is strong from start to finish.
on 23 September 2013
Pay attention all potential buyers to the amount of five star reviews this album gets it truly is Neil Finn's/Crowded House masterpiece it is twenty years old now and has not dated it is fresh sounding and more inventive than anything in current main stream music.There is a tradition of classic albums that did not sell well compared to some groups previous efforts and this is definitely one i remember some reviews of the time comparing it to Woodface and saying it was not as good now Woodface is a great album but Together Alone is a seriously brilliant collection of songs.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2003
Despite the sheer brilliance of the previous three albums, there is that extra something in Together Alone which makes it the most compelling of all. The title track, which features at the end of the album is the best finale you could hope for - when I heard it live, the sound and visual impact of a truly wonderful band supported by a full Maori choir really did bring tears to the eyes. This album offers the perfect balance of great sing along tunes and sensitive, atmospheric sound. I really can't recommend it enough.
on 23 September 2014
The finest album of the last 20 years
This album has accompanied me throughout my whole adult life. I listen to it from time to time. With each listen I simply love it more and more. My favourite tracks are Kare Kare, Walking On The Spot, and Together Alone. There is not a bad song on here. Wonderful.
on 28 October 2011
I love everything these guys have recorded, but this is the album that is most dear to me. A hell of a lot darker than Woodface, but sooo beautiful. I own about 3000 cd's, but this album is in the top 100, for sure. Fantastic lyrics, great melodies, beautiful voices. Yes, it's not Woodface. It's better.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2000
One of the most talented songwriters around, Neil Finn has created one of the best albums ever to spin on my CD player. It is one of those rare creatures - an album with no weak tracks at all. There is no excuse for not having this in your collection, whether it's good tunes, lyrical genius, top class production or simply music to set a mood you're looking for. The other Crowded House albums are excellent but this one betters even those. Why do Amazon not have 6 stars....
on 18 March 2013
I love this album and ruined my first copy because I played it so much. Its just as great the second time around! delivery was prompt.