• Record Label: Fantasy
  • Release Date: Jul 13, 2010
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  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. Intriguer will have to stand or fall on its own merits. If there is any justice in the world it will be a bestseller.
  4. Mojo
    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]
  5. It may not be flashy but it's sturdy and expertly honed, reflecting Finn's craftsmanship on a song-by-song basis but holding together better as an album than any Finn project in recent memory.
  6. Their second collection since coming back together out of solace following that loss makes it clear that to group leader Neil Finn, there's still musical business to finish for this band.
  7. 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.
  8. Despite the anthems being on a tight leash, repeated listens reveal this to be one of their best albums.
  9. It's a great album in the classic mold, one that rewards you.
  10. 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.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  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 goodI 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. Full Review »