- LP Record (Dec 2 2016)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music
- ASIN: B01HYRO34K
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
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The band's third studio album Woodface in 1991 spawned a remarkable following with their hit singles 'Weather With You', 'Fall At Your Feet', 'It's Only Natural' & 'Chocolate Cake' underpinning the bands commercial heights while still maintaining their effortless style & attitude for which they are still adored. In celebration of Crowded House's 30th anniversary, all vinyl re-issues have been cut from the original analogue tapes at Abbey Road Studios on 180 gram vinyl.
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Anyone who got to see Crowded House on tour during this period also got a magical show. I was fortunate enough to catch them on a night that Roger McGuinn came out for an encore of "Mr Tambourine Man" and "Eight Miles High." (If you can snatch a copy of the "Byrdhouse" EP, it's worth it.) Tim again left for solo ground after this, and took that little extra sparkle with him. But for the duration of "Woodface," the four cornered Crowded House managed to spin some of the lost magic of their Split Enz days.
The highlights of the album are "Fall At Your Feet", a classic ballad that should have been more than the minor radio hit that it was; "Weather With You", a feast of harmony vocals and Neil Finn's typical dour worldview; "She Goes On", a beautiful musical eulogy for a wife; and the album's closer, "How Will You Go", a song about an alcoholic.
If you're looking to get into the House, you can start here or on their debut album. If you're a fan of quality pop music, you won't be disappointed with either.
But it's the band's dependence on craft that keeps this LP from being a great one. There is a self-conciousness here that is hard to get past. The message that these are men at work, crafting product, honing their craft, is never overcome by any kind of passion or exhuberence.
This is XTC with the fun surgically removed. They don't sound like they particularly enjoy what they're doing.
It's their job.
I first heard "There Goes G-d" on the radio (albeit alternative radio), but when I got the CD, it just got better from there. "Four Seasons In One Day", "All I Ask", "As Sure As I Am" are pure Neil Finn. But the rest is great too. The only song that didn't do it for me was "Italian Plastic" - but even that isn't enough to knock it to 4 stars.
Joe Bob says check it out.
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