Recurring Dream, Best Of Crowded House

May 9, 2010 5 Comments

Recurring Dream, Best Of Crowded House

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5 Comments to “Recurring Dream, Best Of Crowded House”
  1. Anonymous says:

    I was going to buy this cd, but then I saw that “Now we’re getting somewhere” was not on it. It appears to me that this is a typical record company ploy to get people to buy two crowded house records when they would otherwise buy only one. I’m not familiar with all of their work, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if their “very best” songs(including “Now we’re getting somewhere) were all on their first album.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. Jose Bay says:

    ‘Please Forgive Me’ by UK artist David Gray. ‘. . Till we see Him in world without AI end. . . ? HE GOES ON. ‘. . . Tell people I love you I love you I love you all the time. . . ‘ – LIVE CH CD. ‘. . . I will make it rain I will make it shine sometimes. . . ‘ ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN xxx&&&yyy
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Big Joe '83 says:

    Perhaps next to Cold Chisel. . . and this is of course if you listen to the only real stations left on mainstream radio; Double T, Triple M and GOLD FM. (Nova and Fox are whores. )

    As an Australian it’s really hard to get into these songs because they’ve been done to death. A beautiful song like Don’t Dream It’s Over has been ruined by endless travel agencies slapping the song over their advertisements. They’re good songs though, and you’ll recognize most of them immediately, it’s just that you have to make an effort to get the commercialism out of your head and just appreciate the lyrics and the melodies for what they’re worth, and that’s a fair bit.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. Anonymous says:

    Not that this thing sounds bad–in fact it’s better engineered than most of the stuff that ranks on Hi-Fi’s big list. The problem is that whoever is doing the arranging and instrumentation is stuck in an ’80s zone. When I hear these songs, I always appreciate Neil Finn’s craftsmanship, but I cringe when I hear the ’80s keyboards and shimmery sound. If someone out of Elephant 6 were to get ahold of Finn, you’d have a classic LP worthy of anyone’s DID list. That, or a retro blues producer who knows how to put up two or three mikes and leave well enough alone. It could be that since Crowded House had marginal chart success with their early singles, they’re playing to the bonehead US market with the “big” sound, but they’re cheating themselves by creating AOR fodder instead of classic pop music.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. Anonymous says:

    The reviewer that called the group’s music “curiously inessential” is right, and in my view it has to do with the general lack of lyrical substance. The music ACTS as if it is delivering meaning, but very often it does not. Yes, the melodies are usually appealing and somewhat interesting (though is there much truly to compare with Lennon and McCartney’s best?), but the songs clearly rely heavily on the lyrics as well. When the lyrics are prominent, they’d better mean something. I’m not suggesting that they have to tell a narrative tale, but they do have to tell a story or produce an atmosphere of some kind–they have to communicate something. Otherwise, they tend to annoy and detract from the enjoyment to be had from the instrumental aspect. It’s distracting to always be wondering what on earth they’re blathering about. The words aren’t poetic; they just don’t make sense. There are exceptions, of course. The lyric of “Into Temptation” is crystal clear and well suited to the mood and the melody, and that of “When You Come” is evocative and imaginative, but what is “Not the Girl You Think You Are” about? And why is Finn obsessed with kitchens? (I noted three references in three separate songs. ) Maybe this accounts for some of the group’s attraction to sexual subjects: they bring some sense of passion and sophistication to an otherwise not very passionate or sophisticated body of music. Glossy and multi-layered, yes. But compare Dire Straits’ “You and Your Friend” or “The Water Line” to “When You Come”. Which is more erotic, more knowing, and ultimately, more powerful?
    Rating: 3 / 5

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