Intriguer - Crowded House
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  • Summary: Internationally acclaimed rockers release their sixth album since Neil Finn first formed the band 25 years ago, featuring production by Jim Scott from Wilco.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
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  1. Through it all, Finn's durable songcraft never fails to enthrall.
  2. The House head honcho proved he's still a classy, clever tunesmith, and does so again here on Intriguer.
  3. 80
    Intriguer may be more route one than 1993's mighty, loose-limbed "Together Alone," but it is classic Crowded House, and greater for it. [Jul 2010, p.97]
  4. As promised, Intriguer is indeed Crowded House with a fresh layer of wallpaper. The thing is, the group has always been timeless enough not to need it.
  5. Despite the anthems being on a tight leash, repeated listens reveal this to be one of their best albums.
  6. 70
    Like Paul McCartney, Crowded House leader Neil Finn possesses a massive melodic gift, but no longer seems interested in writing anthems (à la "Don't Dream It's Over"). That's okay when the results feel as intimate as they do here.
  7. For the all the bang of "Saturday Sun," "Elephants," with its slow-paced piano, closes out Intriguer, drowsily, though perhaps fittingly so.

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  1. Jul 24, 2011
    7
    I love Neil Finn, but this isn't my favorite of his music. Not to say I hate it--Twice If You're Lucky and Amsterdam are 2 very good songs--but the album as a whole just doesn't stick with me like every other Crowded House or Neil Finn album does. Expand