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Crowded House


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  • Audio CD (April 14 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002UCR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,712 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mean To Me
2. World Where You Live
3. Now We're Getting Somewhere
4. Don't Dream It's Over
5. Love You 'Til The Day I Die
6. Something So Strong
7. Hole In The River
8. Can't Carry On
9. I Walk Away
10. Tombstone
11. That's What I Call Love

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This DVD Audio features 11 tracks including "That's What I Call Love," "Can't Carry On," "Mean To Me," "Don't Dream it's Over" and 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 may have been the group's biggest release, owing to the success of "Don't Dream" and "Something". --Rickey Wright

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Neil Finn's first album after his Split Enz days is one that, despite the fact that it has dated from being produced in the late-80's, is still a great collection of wonderful pop tunes. Neil's group Crowded House was responsible for some of the best post-Beatles pop, and one can see the beginnings of that here. With songs like "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Hole in the River" Finn shows his knack for melding McCartney-quality melodies with a Lennon-ish flair for words. The group's sound, though, is a little brighter and more jangle-popish than it would be in later releases.
The group would later build on the foundation laid forth in this album in the terrific follow up albums Temple of Low Men and Woodface. This is not a bad place to start getting into the group, though, because this album has Crowded House's most well-known songs.
Highlights? "Don't Dream It's Over", the House's best known song (ask anyone and they can sing you the "hey now, hey now" chorus, whether they know who sang it or not) and one of the 10 best of the 80s; "Something so Strong", a glorious straightahead pop song, also known as Crowded House's other US hit; and "World Where You Live", a template for Neil Finn's light/dark songwriting style.
All in all, a strong debut for a group that more people should discover. And if I ever hear you call this group a "two-hit
wonder", I'll puke.
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Crowded House got off to a bad start with a promotion that pushed them as Stray Cats look-a-likes. The comparison may have been partially correct: instead of the Stray Cats rock-a-billy sensibility, Crowded House is closer musically to danceable 'bop' circa 1960. Neil Finn's adolescent and romantic voice reminds me of Del Shannon. And the danceable singles such as Del's 'Runaway' (1961) are carried on throughout this CD (especially Now We're Getting Somewhere and Something So Strong). Luscious melodies and flawless vocal harmonies (Don't Dream It's Over, I Walk Away, Tombstone) are Crowded House's strong suit. The overall mood is uplifting pop with an extra dose of vitality (Now We're Getting Somewhere, I Walk Away). During the middle of the CD, the group gets carried away with overly complicated compositions and synthesizer sound effects: Love You 'Til The Day I Die' and 'Hole In The River' are weak. Aside from these two cuts, Crowded House is danceable, playful and potent - impressive for any debut.
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In and out of my room doing laundry, radio playing and the D.J. says "coming up the new one from Billy Joel..." Well, I'm in and out and come in hearing "Don't Dream it's Over" and stoppped what I was doing and just listened. "What A Great Song," I thought, "I may have to buy Billy Joel's new album." WELL, his song came on next ("This Is The Time" for you BJ fans!) And I set out to find the new album by a band called "Crowded House."
I have been addicted ever since. And it has been most exciting watching Neil Finn grow and to be there as new material comes out. This first one was a Godsend to me. Only a few bands in the mid to late 80's appealed to me. Synth pop and Hair bands were all over radio and T.V. Along came this wonderful album, and I was greatly surprised to find so many good songs here. This one is what I call a "Perfect CD", in which I don't have to skip any songs. It's great from beginning to end. My fav's on here are "World Where You Live" "Mean To Me" "That's What I Call Love" and the 2 singles. Mitchell Froom produces and adds great touches but it's Neil's songs that make it a really great album.
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In 1988, while a college student, I cut class one day and walked over to a used book/CD store. As I browsed the store, I listened to the music coming from the CD player behind the counter. It was unfamiliar to me, but I found myself enthralled both by the imaginative lyrics and the catchy hooks. I asked the clerk behind the counter what CD he was playing and he pulled Crowded House's self-titled debut out of the player. I bought the CD on the spot. It was the first CD I'd ever purchased, and truth to tell, I didn't even own a CD player! Naturally, I went to Sears later that same day and bought one. I can't say enough about how listening to Neil Finn and company had re-ignited my love for popular music. It was the start of a now 12 year old obsession with both music and the compact disc. I haven't looked back since. If you've never heard this album all the way through, please give it a listen. You will not be disappointed. Then again... yes, you will. Why? Because Crowded House no longer exists as a band, having broken up a couple of years ago. So sad. But at least we'll always have the music to comfort us.
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Definitely one of the greatest debut albums of the 80's, with fantastic hits in "Don't Dream It's Over" and "World Where You Live" - buy it for these tracks alone and you will not be disappointed. In addition, there are a number of other tracks with strong lyrics and good performance. The reason why this album was rated four stars only, is because there are one or two weak songs included, and the album doesn't quite measure up to the heights achieved by the two follow-up albums - "Temple of Low Men" and "Woodface". If you're a Crowded House fan and already own those two albums, then this is a definite next. Go and get it.
If you are new to Crowded House and their memorable contributions to the pop and soft rock genre of the 80's and 90's, then this is a great place to start. However, "Temple of Low Men" may be better as I think it is the pinnacle of their work, and a fantastic introduction to the band.
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