Pajama Club

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  • Summary: Neil Finn and his new band, featuring his wife Sharon, release their debut album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 13, 2011
    With burping synths, herky-jerky rhythms, intimate vocals, and booming beats it sounds like Finn and friends took everything they love and giddily smashed it together.
  2. Sep 23, 2011
    A welcome surprise.
  3. Sep 30, 2011
    Ironically, this very looseness not only results in a lively listen, but the polite messiness of Pajama Club winds up as a greater testament to his songwriting skills than the last Crowded House album; as the cliché goes, his throwaways are better than many artist's keepers.
  4. 60
    Despite the propulsive energy sustained throughout, some tracks lack focus.
  5. Q Magazine
    Nov 8, 2011
    If Pajama Club resembles anything, it's a Neil Finn solo album, although Dead Leg and Can't Put It Down Until It Ends are as well-crafted as anything he's offered since Crowded House's pomp. [Nov. 2011, p. 139]
  6. Sep 26, 2011
    In its loose instrumentation and sometimes confused layers (and some questionable lyrics) it does sound noticeably like a side-project from start to finish, and that it was written and recorded in a hurry. There is magic in that of course, but you do feel that is not the way to coax out Finn's A-grade material.
  7. Oct 19, 2011
    Pajama Club is an admirable grab at a clean slate, but the price is just a little too high.

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