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CROWDED HOUSE - DEEP, MELODIC AND CAPTIVATING,
This review is from: Together Alone (Audio CD)
Crowded House's follow up to their career defining Woodface album was an altogether darker and less immediate record. Songwriter in chief Neil Finn hired hip producer Youth with the idea of creating a more organic and less polished collection. The Beatles influences are still in evidence but Together Alone is a far more adventurous record full of strange instruments, dense melodies and lashings of Finn's KIWI heritage.
The album was another huge success in the UK and spawned an impressive 5 top 30 singles. Multi-instrumentalist Mark Hart was drafted in, as a replacement for the departed Tim Finn, and his supreme musicality also helped to make Together Alone such an accomplished collection.
'Distant Sun', 'Pineapple Head' and 'Locked Out' provided a triplet of uptempo singles whilst the ballads 'Fingers Of Love' and 'Nails In My Feet' also hit the top 30. As with all great albums though there is always much more than just singles - 'Walking On The Spot' is a gorgeous McCartneyesque strummer, 'Catherine's Wheels' a stunning Tim Finn co-write and the organic 'Private Universe' - subsequently became a huge live favourite. The thundering 'Black & White Boy' and the Nick Seymour penned 'Skin Feeling' also showed that Crowded House had the ability to rock out convincingly.
Together Alone isn't as immediate as Woodface - repeated listens however reaps rewards and, if anything, it may even be the stronger of the two albums.
A hugely melodic, textured and haunting record. The other classic of Neil Finn's career.