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  • Audio CD (2 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000PLCLTM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Nobody Wants To
  2. Don't Stop Now
  3. She Called Up
  4. Say That Again
  5. Pour Le Monde
  6. Even A Child
  7. Heaven That I'm Making
  8. A Sigh
  9. Silent House
  10. English Trees
  11. Walked Her Way Down
  12. Transit Lounge
  13. You Are The One To Make Me Cry
  14. People Are Like Suns

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1. Nobody Wants To 2. Don't Stop Now 3. She Called Up 4. Say That Again 5. Pour Le Monde 6. Even A Child 7. Heaven That I'm Making 8. A Sigh 9. Silent House 10. English Trees 11. Walked Her Way Down 12. Transit Lounge 13. You Are The One To Make Me Cry 14. People Are Like Suns

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Time on Earth, the first Crowded House record since 1993’s superlative Together Alone, began as a Neil Finn solo record, but morphed into a reunion album after bassist Nick Seymour joined the studio sessions and new drummer (Matt Sherrod, formerly of Beck) was recruited to replace the late Paul Hester. Hester sadly took his own life in 2005, and Time on Earth is, in that sense, a tribute album; yet it’s simultaneously a move into the future. In true CH style, Time on Earth weaves together a range of moods, from touching, introspective ballads, to upbeat, Beatles-esque rock ‘n’ roll. --Paul Sullivan

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After obtaining an advance copy of this I feel I've now played it enough to offer my reflections on its merits.

It gets off to a great start with the melodic pop of `Nobody Wants To' followed by the lead off single `Don't Stop Now'. The latter is chockfull of lovely hooks and chiming guitars and is propelled by a great Nick Seymour bass line. Absolutely classic stuff!

After hearing the Real World Studio webcast and Thekla live run outs I thought the brooding, folky 'Silent House' (co-written by Neil with the Dixie Chicks) would become my favourite track. However, great though that song is, there are such musical riches on this album that any of four or five others could be.

Up there among the best is the beautiful, Lennonesque `Pour Le Monde' (`For the World'). This piano-led composition features one of Neil's best ever lyrics and promises to become an emotional stage favourite to rival `Don't Dream it's Over'.

Elsewhere `Even a Child', `Walked Her Way Down' and `Transit Lounge' provide further evidence of Neil's gift for writing totally original tunes that you feel you've heard before - but haven't. Instantly likeable, the former two in particular have not left my head all week.

In places the atmospheric production (two producers are at work here) recalls the outstanding job Youth did on `Together Alone'. The remarkable, shimmering beauty of `A Sigh' and the more up-tempo `English Trees' could have slotted on - and enhanced - that fine album.

Being Crowded House, amidst the classic tracks there's one or two that just don't cut it. For me `She Called Up' (part 'The Munsters' theme tune, part Elvis's 'Burning Love') and the dreary, tune-free `Heaven That I'm Making' should have been left off the album.
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Many reviewers (with obvious justification) are looking to compare this latest album with CH's and Neil's previous work. At times, the comparisons are, for me, fairly obvious. 'You Are The One To Make Me Cry' is very reminiscent of 'All I Ask', given the slow-paced, mellow string arrangement, but if anything it's better, due to a glorious vocal and somehow sounding even more mellifluous. Then there's the brooding, dark bass line at the end of 'Silent House', with a layer of crunching rock guitar, which has a similar feel to the rock-out ending of 'Suffer Never' from the Finn Brothers album, particularly if you've seen it performed live.

For me, though, the most meaningful comparison to make is to contemporary albums from the likes of, say, Travis or Coldplay. And, quite frankly, this album just blows them away, even though I'm personally a fan of both bands. Chris Martin talks of four-part harmonies on 'Fix You', but Neil, Nick, Mark and Matt just get on and do it, seamlessly and effortlessly, on practically every track. Rarely in recent years has a band managed to produce such a soundscape. Neil Finn is unquestionably one of the best songwriters alive, and his gift is in matching the feel and mood of the sound, sometimes in contrasting ways, to the depth of the lyrics.

After a few plays, all the new hooks fill your head. Even though it's one of the darkest, moodiest and arguably even the most plodding CH song you'll hear, 'Say That Again' is aural magic. 'She Called Up' was a necessity on this album, with its kicking, stomping tomfoolery - it's what Hester would have done had he still been with us, the 'Sister Madly' of the new album.
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Format: Audio CD
To be honest I am terrible at listening to anything and "getting it" on the first listen and I was dangerously close to writing this album off.

When I first put it on in the car it poured fourth to me like a homogenous large dollop of 'Together Alone'-esque gloop. Not a single song stood out and I was greatly disappointed.

But just before I replaced it with my Snow Patrol, Killers and Springsteen discs I put it back on again and became quite fond of Tracks 1, 2 and 3. Then 4. Then 6. And so it went on.

Now I love it. If you are an ex-Crowdie get on board again!

RIP Paul.
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At first listen I wasn't blown away by this album, but I suspect I would have said the same for my first listens to their previous album "Together Alone". Of course now I can't imagine not knowing and loving those songs - it's up there as possibly my most listened to/favorite album ever.

So Time On Earth is slow burner, but after a three or four listens some great songs really shine through. However this album doesn't quite hang together as well as Together Alone though. That's probably partly due to this starting out as a Neil Finn solo album that morphed into a Crowded House along the way. Fans will be able to spot song styles and sound palettes from all CH's previous albums, again giving a slightly uneven feel to the proceedings.

Don't get me wrong, I love this album, it's just not quite in the same league as "Together Alone". But any new Crowded House song is a welcome thing and the rumours are that the whole band will be working on the next album together. In the mean time, you'll be humming tunes from this for months to come.
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