Crowded House: They’ve still GOT it

For the better part of three decades, the Finn brothers have been some of the best song writers in the world–and yet, they’re some of the most unsung as well.  The 80s’ “Don’t Dream It’s Over” is still one of the best songs to come out of that time period, and I’ve had their “Together Alone” album (featuring the Reality Bites’ song “Locked Out”) on and off my playlist for the last 15 years.

I haven’t followed their career too much, but one would say that their 2006 Fairwell to the World album would be a nice “Adios” to the music business, but it wasn’t so. I’ve recently gotten a hold of their most recent release (2007) entitled “Time on Earth”.

While you’ll be hearing none of the songs on the radio, it’s a masterful album. Deep, lyrical, and moving. The melodies are haunting, and are hard to stop listening to. “Nobody Wants To” and “She Called Up” are vintage Crowded House (after all these years, it’s nice to see a band not abandon their sound…*COUGH* R.E.M)…and Pour le Monde is a moving piece that might just be one of the best songs they’ve written.  “Say That Again” is an eclectic ditty that is quite catchy, makes the CD worth buying.

All in all, good stuff from the Finn Brothers…AGAIN.

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