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The latest and greatest to date, the song writing talents of Neil Finn and family are on show here. Beautiful melodies and musicianship at the highest levels if you're a fan of Neil Finn you will love it, I haven't stopped playing this album and it sounds better with every play it's another classic to add to the list.
Subjective reviews on artistic products are pointless, so I'll try to remain objective in this. The CD comes in a folding cardboard sleeve, lavished with Nick Seymour's artwork (of course) and includes a pull out lyrics booklet, which is very nice. A compact disc promises no more than being disc shaped and compact, so the product fulfils its promise. As does the music. That's not to say you'll necessarily like it, so if you haven't heard the singles and are wondering what the fuss (whining) is about, I'll try to help inform your decision on whether to buy it. If you liked Neil & Liam Finn's Lightsleeper, then there's a good chance you'll like this album. The style of music is similar in that there's plenty of the ethereal with perhaps less of the abstract, which is probably appropriate for the Crowded House banner. The songs are generally shorter, of a consistent structure (within each song) and are littered with hooks. That said, there are sections reminiscent of previous Crowdies songs from across the entire back catalogue, Neil's solo output and co-writes with Tim as well. I believe (careful...) that like Lightsleeper and Dizzy Heights, this is more of a band album than Time on Earth or Intriguer and I think that's fed by Mitchell Froom's inclusion and Neil's relationship with his sons. Personally (careful again) I think that's a good thing because Crowded House is way more than studio output, and if you've seen Neil, Liam and Elroy perform together, you'll know that a) the classic on stage repartee is second to none and b) they (musically) own the CH back catalogue. I'm a huge fan of the Finn family but don't always like all of their output. I do love this album after 2 days and a dozen listens. (Update - 10 days on and I still have it on repeat all day while working, without skipping a single track). It never professed to repeat any of the first 4 albums and the line up was made known well in advance, so only the naive would have expected Together Alone 2. Try before you buy, if you can, but don't let the whinging put you off! 10 days later (subjective in part) - Hand on heart, this is an infectious album. It's end to end one of the most fluid and cohesive albums I've heard in years. I'm surprised by how quickly it grabbed me (the grooves and vibes must be suited to me) and the blend of all the Finns (vocals and instruments), Nick Seymour (at his best on bass in this, I feel) and Mitchell Froom's keyboards is absolutely sublime. You can sing along with it, whistle it, hum it, dance to it or drift away with it. Stunning.
Always been a fan of this band and have had the pleasure of seeing them perform at the Town and country club(now 02)supported by In Tua Nua(remember them?) on their Temple of Low Men Tour. I recall Paul and Nick having the most amazing groove going on playing I feel possessed. Woodface at the Borderline, with the guys coming out to play songs acoustically for the people who wouldnt make it in,fortunately i did and it was buzzing and also the Hanover Grand were Neil couldnt tell the audience they were splitting up. Thank the heavens for Peter Green and all he did for Frenz of the Enz. This album is not like days of old, its not dont dream its over or nails in my feet. Its a mature House with character and maybe a few creaks to boot. This is a slow burner and will take a few listens but its very good and there are better songs than the singles on it. Try it you might be surprised.
A new Crowded House record is always big news for fans. They have never disappointed and 'Dreamers Are Waiting' delivers the goods in bucket loads. OK, the heady days of 'Woodface' are long gone, but everything that makes this band so special and unique remains wholly in tact. Beautifully poignant lyrics (with enough irony and fun to keep even the most die-hard fans happy) are present in abundance. As always, the chord changes break your heart and deliver some of those ominous moments where the destination of the song seems uncertain due to the threat of distant thunder - a trade mark. But then Neil sweeps into the sumptuously melodic chorus and suddenly it's all clear blue skies again. Will this be the final farewell from Crowded House? I certainly hope not. But if it is, it's an incredible curtain call. Brilliant!
According to the reviews in the website Allmusic.com, Crowded House have not released a duff album since their self-titled debut in 1986. Over the course of 35 years this New Zealand outfit’s genuinely sweet blend of soft rock has never failed to delight fans everywhere.
Dreamers Are Waiting, their latest collection of mid-tempo earworms, will not disappoint. From the opener Bad Times Good onwards the listener is safely enveloped in the comfortable world of Crowded House: gorgeous tunes, harmonies that throw their arms around you, clever instrumentation and - always - the kind of songs that make you think you have been listening to them for years.
At times the benign influence of the Moody Blues, The Beatles and, understandably, Fleetwood Mac - with whom Neil Finn tours as singer and guitarist - shines through. Happily, his voice only occasionally betrays his 63 years. All in all, Dreamers Are Waiting is admittedly the same old same old, with a few little twists - in the drumming and subtle flashes of electronica - but who cares?
Aided and abetted by Finn’s sons Liam and Elroy, who are helping propel this musical institution into the 21st century, this is a fine album that is worthy of rounding off the group’s catalogue. If Crowded House never record again, this will stand as a epitaph to their greatness.
The Crowdies now consist of Neil & Nick along with their old producer and Neil's two sons. The tracks on this album, all at under four minutes, are all sublime and have you going round time and again for another listen. There is nobody out there at the moment writing such beautiful melodies as these. This album is a must for any Crowded House/Finn fan. It's a sin none of this makes the radio playlists in 2021?? Amazing. Go buy. You won't be dissappointed.
Absolutely brilliant! Waited a long time for the new album. Sublime melodies, inventive hooks, give it a couple of plays and you will be humming some of the tunes without realising! One certain thing in an uncertain world is that Crowded Hiuse can always make you smile. Please lets not wait so long for the next album.
The band line up now obviously changed from years past, with Neil surrounded I believe by two family members, Elroy and Liam. (Along with Nick Seymour and Mitchell Froome) Have listened to tracks several times now. There are a few nice melodies aa you'd expect but generally for me a little lightweight overal, lacking the punch of the great albums everyone loves. Note I've very much liked much of Neil's work away from the band but here only really inspired by the lovely baseline on the first track and the instantly catchy 'Start of Something'. Other tracks are generally pleasant but lack a real bite. I'll always be interested in work by the writer of songs like 'Divebomber' and anything from the underacclaimed and consistent album One nil x (Album nice enough for two tracks above).
If you have followed Neil Finn through his career since the last Crowded House album then this album will not surprise you. It is not in the same league as Woodface or Together Alone but I found it enjoyable. As with most of their songs they grow on you with repeated listening. The album is also more of group effort with all members contributing to the writing.
I absolutely adore the music of Crowded House in the 20th century. It's like nothing else; the hooks and melodies, the power and spark, the sense of fun... When Neil Finn made the extraordinary decision to call it a day on Crowded House at the height of their 90s fame it was sad but also exciting, and echoed the end of Split Enz all those years earlier. So when the band returned with a new album over a decade later, after Paul Hester's sad loss, I hoped there would be a strong musical continuation to their past works.
For whatever reason the new albums have been quite subdued and a bit ethereal, not bad by any means but very different to their earlier output. If you've heard 'Time on Earth' and 'Intriguer' you'll know what I mean, and this is more of the same. Personally I feel that this new style suffers in comparison to the band's history, and perhaps considering this and the new line up it would have been more appropriate to just start from scratch with a new band name. But it is what it is, and as long as you're not expecting old school Crowded House it's perfectly pleasant, if forgettable.
But if you are looking for some of that old hook and spark, and you haven't heard Split Enz, do yourself a favour and check out their 80s albums where you'll find Neil, Tim and Paul on top form...