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This review is from: Together Alone (Audio CD)
I circled around this album for a number of years - it is an odd collection indeed. It came from a potent brew of a strange producer, a strange house, and a band that was dissolving but did not yet openly recognise it. Throw all that up in the air and you get a collection of songs and performances which were DELIBERATELY chosen to be the most "out there".
Right from the opening track Kare Kare, you feel you've stumbled into a room where 4 people have been locked to make music for days before you turn up.. there is no real concession to the outsider here.
To give you the best idea of the power of this album, listen to "private universe", a song that seemed pretty straightforward when Crowded House sang it live. This version crackles with mysterious shimmering noises, all sorts of almost sub-auditory distortions, all of which creates an odd, disturbing ambience.
The finest moment on this collection is, for me, the closing song Together Alone.. here we have a Maori choir, what sounds like 100 trouser presses being played, a band slightly tired and emotional - and the kind of performance that leaves you speechless. This has been played, on its own, at many different alternative health courses, and never fails to bring tears to someone's eyes.
Try it and see.