'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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