Together Alone

May 4, 2010 5 Comments

Album DetailsArguably their Best Record, Crowded House Had Come to Full Maturation with this Set of Thirteen Ear Catching Tracks. The Occupant of the Producer’s Chair on this Album Switched from Longtime Sound Shaper Mitchell Froom to Killing Joke’s Youth. The Musical Arrangements Here Reflected and Encompassed More of their Native Kiwi Homeland (New Zealand) Than Any of their Other Albums. Each Track on this Desert Island Essential is Played with Passion and Heart. Neil Finn was at t. . . More >>

Together Alone

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5 Comments to “Together Alone”
  1. Nobody says:

    I ran across this on ****** and downloaded the CD to check it out. It is a very fine set of songs, and the vocals and musicianship is first rate. But Beatles? One of the top albums of all time? No way, that’s just silly. I’m not a Beatles fan, though I grew up with them, but I can hum every song off Revolver if you play the first note. I just listened to this and I can’t hum anything. Pleasant music, but no hooks, nothing to grab onto. It always feels like they’re about to reach one, but they never get there. The distance between good music and something that sticks is only a note or two, but it’s a gulf as wide as the universe. The muse simply didn’t live here, which is why this is “undiscovered”. And will remain so.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. W. Hoff says:

    I was not familiar with Crowded House’s work until this album. I’m not very impressed, lead singers voice and musicianship of group was mediocre, lyrics were interesting. To compare this album with works by the Beatles(one of the reasons I ordered it) is sacrilegious. For every Eva Cassidy,100′s of performers and groups are relatively obscure for a purpose. However, don’t tear down if you can’t build up, the last(title) cut combining extensive Maori chorus with log drumming was exquisite. “Tis a gift to be simple”
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. Greg Brady says:

    While still possessing many more great songs than the average album , I can’t honestly say this is among my favourite albums from the New Zealanders. Too many of these songs, while tuneful, lack the “killer hook” that gems like “Don’t Dream it’s Over”, “I Feel Possessed”,”Something So Strong” and “Better Be Home Soon” had. I’m not compelled to sing along with the ferocity I feel on other material from Finn and company. The album is more “edgy” thanks to production from The Killing Joke’s Youth rather than Mitchell Froom, who helmed the boards for the first 2 from the group.

    “Black and White Boy” takes note of a friend’s wild mood swings. (“Put a rose in my cheeks/But when demons have climbed on your back/You are vicious and quick to attack. . “) The song appears to “fall apart” musically like the titular character at the coda. “Fingers of Love” is heir to “Don’t Dream it’s Over” on this one, a slightly melancholy love song (“into waves of joy and clarity/your hands come out to rescue me/and I’m playing in the shallow water/laughing while the mad dog sleeps”) while “Pineapple Head” is carried along on a buoyantly irresistible acoustic guitar. Jangly “Locked Out” was a Top 20 UK hit for the band. “Private Universe” celebrates the sanctuary that true love can be from life’s demands. (“I will run for shelter/Endless summer lift the curse/It feels like nothing matters/in our private universe”)

    “In my Command” and the title track are the ones that seem weakest here.

    It may be “arguably their most mature” effort as the Amazon reviewer states, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to a top-notch listening experience. If you’re dipping your toes in because you liked the RECURRING DREAM best of disc, get TEMPLE OF LOW MEN and the self-titled one first.

    3 1/2 stars
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. Iron Jimmy says:

    This album is Beatlesque. Others have pointed that out. Niel Finn has a voice that’s almost 50/50 in sounding like Lennon or McCartney.

    The songs are hook-laden.

    I can’t think of many other albums that have this large a collection of great songs.

    I rank this one up there with Smiley Smile and Revolver. Pity so few people bought this album or know any of the songs on it.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Anonymous says:

    It is a very sad thing that this album is no longer available. I can’t even express how incredibly fantastic each and every song is. Neil Finn is the most talented songwriter/musicians of our time, unfortunately not enough people know that.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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