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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
    80
    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
    80
    A welcome surprise.
  3. Sep 30, 2011
    80
    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. Nov 8, 2011
    60
    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
    60
    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
    50
    Pajama Club is an admirable grab at a clean slate, but the price is just a little too high.

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