Crowded House, Together Alone (1993)
It can be easy to forget/take for granted what a superb pop-act Crowded House was/is – that original run, just four albums – all very good, but this, the final one from that first run is easily their best; head and shoulders above the others. Seven singles, some edgy material, some interesting moods but all those slam-dunk, pop-hit bases covered still. Magical. Mercurial. Wise. That’s probably an apt enough description of Neil Finn The Songwriter, certainly it works against this material and this version of the band (Mark Hart now fully in the fold and assisting with brilliance, helping to shape the brilliance too). I played a bunch of these songs in a band and still never get sick of them. It’s a near-perfect album. The first album I had to get when news of the reissues surfaced. I have most of the others – who am I kidding, I’ll probably get the lot, new versions of them all. With time. But this was the number one concern, the one I had to get. It’s so good. At least as good as I remember it. Maybe better even than that.
Sample Track: Kare Kare
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