Intriguer CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
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The hardest part of providing a critique of Intriguer is considering it on its own merits. Ignoring his great work with Split Enz (20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection (Reis), after five Crowded House albums, two Finn Brother albums (most recently Everyone Is Here and two solo outings, his catalog is so developed that its easy to say that Intriguer does not measure up. It would also be a bit short sided and wrong.
This album, like others penned by Finn, will not likely win over listeners with a single or even a single play. However, it likely will bait you for a second consideration.Read more ›
Crowded House claim to fame is taking pop melodies and infusing them with insightful lyrics. With this incarnation, the lyrics are still somewhat insightful but the tune is no longer happy-pop but rather dreary, slit-my-wrist variety. I think Neil has been listening to too much dreary Brit music (Brit music goes with the weather but a Kiwi should never be dreary. Never. Ever). Put down the Coldplay and Radiohead, Neil, and come back from the dark side!
On the Deluxe version, the second disc has live recordings of most of "Intriguer" which are beautifully realized songs and some other goodies. Well worth the investment.
CH/NF fans understand the remarkable body of work that he has created. "Intriguer" bolsters Neil Finn's legacy as one of the best song writers and singers of our generation adn Crowded House as at the top of the pop music talent.
"Intriguer is another great album in the CH collection. The songs will endure and grow better with age. Try to catch the current tour for the chance to see a great live band. Do not miss them or Intriguer.
Moody and joyful, each song found a way into my head, burrowed deep, and settled in for a good long time.
As a huge Crowded House fan - and anything Neil Finn, really - I was less in love with the band's reunion effort Time On Earth than I wanted to be.
Intriguer shows Finn and company hitting a stride which picks up where the masterful Together Alone left off. I think it's the album their catalog was building up to in many ways, albeit without the ethereal vocal contribution of the late Paul Hester.
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Overall, I liked this CD a lot. I've always enjoyed Crowded House albums, and am also a big fan of Tim Finn's previous group, the late great Split Enz. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Donald E. Gilliland
Crowded House's 2010 album "intriguer" clearly show that the leader Neil Finn has retained the ability to write melodic and catchy pop-rock songs. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Morten Vindberg
When the Austrailian rock band Crowded House debuted in 1985, they had two big hits- "Don't Dream It's Over" as well as the optimistic uptempo track "Something So Strong". Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by Perverted Alchemist
I've been a Neil and Tim Finn fan ever since Split Enz, and when Neil first formed Crowded House I was excited. Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by Gary
Maybe I'm the problem, maybe not, but "Intriguer," well it just falls a bit short of the word's definition, "to arouse the curiosity or interest of by unusual, new, or otherwise... Read morePublished on March 9, 2012 by loce_the_wizard
this cd is amazing. you need to listen to it acouple of times to start appreciating it. But once you do you'll be hooked on it. great lyrics and great layers of music. Read morePublished on August 31, 2011 by dane