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4.9 out of 5 stars
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VINE VOICEon 9 August 2004
'Temple of low men' seems sometimes to be a reaction to the global success of their self-titled first album. Because of this, Neil Finn's material seems to go into a lot of dark (but beautiful), places. Take 'Into Temptation' for example, possibly one of the finest CH songs ever, is fairly self-explanatory but full of all kinds of interesting imagery ('the cradle is soft and warm', 'into the wide open arms of hell'). There's also interesting commentary on working yourself into the ground on 'Mansion in the slums' ('You laugh at yourself while he's breathing down your neck').
However all this doesn't mean Neil Finn somehow forgot to write the same kind of soaring anthems as 'Don't Dream it's Over'. Opener 'I feel possessed' is delicately funky and funny, while 'Love this Life' is an unabashed celebration of making the most of what you got, and is all the better for the interesting bits of melancholy that are shot through it. 'Never be the same' is also in a similar vein ('And we might still survive, and rise above the flame'), while 'Sister Madly' expels the obvious influence the beatles have had on Neil as a songwriter. Closer 'Better Be Home Soon' is one of CH's simplest songs, but also one of their best and a great closing track.
Overall this was an interesting follow up to Crowded House's first album, that rewards a bit of exploration that might not appear on first listens. Definitely a grower.
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on 7 November 2017
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on 25 November 2017
Excellent in all respects
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on 10 June 2016
Excellent
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on 28 March 2013
A great album from the very start to the finish with some of my favourite tracks from the boys of Crowded House
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on 17 January 2013
got this as a present for my dad he had a big smile on his face so it was a good purchase.
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on 7 December 2015
Item as described! Great seller, highly recommended!
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on 24 May 2016
spot on thank you
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on 15 February 2013
This album has some excellent singles, and other tracks that I also liked a great deal. There's not a bad one here. I particularly liked 'Into Temptation'.
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on 3 December 2016
'Temple of Low Men' sees the Crowded House sound really come to fruition, building on the foundations of the debut.

The song writing is delicious, the melodies rich to the ear and the lyrics captivating. This is certainly a step up from the debut but in my humble opinion, falls just short of 'Woodface'.

However, this album has stood the test of time and still sounds as fresh today as it did when it first came out.
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