Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
After gradually assuming a front-and-center role in brother Tim's band Split Enz, native New Zealander and transplanted Australian Neil Finn moved firmly into a leadership position with Crowded House, a trio whose debut al... more »
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After gradually assuming a front-and-center role in brother Tim's band Split Enz, native New Zealander and transplanted Australian Neil Finn moved firmly into a leadership position with Crowded House, a trio whose debut album appeared in 1986. Slightly more mainstream than his new-wavy Split Enz work, the record nonetheless evinced signs of darkness ("Don't Dream It's Over," "World Where You Live," "Hole in the River") among more chipper numbers such as "Something So Strong." Often gorgeous, Crowded House proved to be the group's biggest release in America, which didn't seem to have a radio home for them after the success of "Don't Dream" and "Something." They disbanded in 1996. --Rickey Wright
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A classic 80s album that stands the test of time
Beth Cholette | Upstate NY USA | 02/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anyone familiar with 80s music will recognize the soulful, expressive sounds of Crowded House from some of this album's biggest hits, including "Don't Dream It's Over," "Something So Strong," and "Now We're Getting Somewhere." These popular tunes accurately represent the entire album, whose songs range from pop-like tracks with catchy lyrics ("World Where You Live") to tracks with a similar beat but a more moody feel ("Mean to Me"). If you've ever purchased an album for 1-2 songs only to find out that the rest of the album was totally different, this will NOT be your experience with Crowded House, as the band's sound is very consistant throughout. Furthermore, although Crowded House experienced little fame beyond the 80s, their music still feels thoroughly fresh and modern. If you don't yet have any Crowded House in your 80s music collection, this album is a must-have."
One of Neil's best albums sounds great on DVD audio
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 08/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I picked up this album on DVD-Audio simple because it was a great album on both vinyl and CD. Finally it gets the sound it deserves. The separation is crisp, sharp and not at all distracting. You can either listen to it in stereo (if you've got a DVD player that isn't DVD-Audio capable)or in multi-channel Dolby Digital. Both versions sound great, however, the DVD-Audio brings the album to life. There's better separation on the vocals and the instrumental interplay sounds more natural.This also includes the videos shot for the album. Song lyrics appear on the screen should you turn on your television while listening to the sound. This one along with Richard Thompson's Rumor and Sigh sound great on this new format. Unfortunately, I can't compare the SACD versions (because there are none)nor can I compare them to other discs on that other format (I haven't picked up a player yet as I wanted to see which format would win out). If you already have a DVD player you can enjoy this album in enhanced audio and video without having the DVD-Audio component portion. You'll know this when your main menu comes up (without a disc playing). It will say DVD Audio/Video vs. just DVD Video."
80's Pop Gem
Steven Sly | Kalamazoo, MI United States | 01/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Crowded House was a 3 piece band from Australia led by Neil Finn who was a former member of the band Split Endz (along with his brother Tim). Crowded House got quite big in America back in the late 80's with their blend of strong song writing and harmony vocals. This is the only Crowded House album that I own, but I have always really liked it. Two huge hits came from this album "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Something So Strong" both of which are great pop tunes. Other highlights include "Mean To Me", "World Where You Live", and the haunting "Hole In The River". If you are looking for very well done pop this album is for you."