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'Intriguer,' Crowded House

Crowded House's time to make a comeback has passed.

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I’m always skeptical when my favorite bands mount a comeback. Are they going to wreck all my happy memories with their selfish little shot at renewed glory? So I was a little nervous when I picked up Crowded House’s Time On Earth back in the summer of 2007 — 21 years after their classic debut came out. But they made me a believer, with a great — albeit somber — record I’m still listening to.

So here I am three years later, thinking it’s safe to jump in with both feet this time. All I can say is, look out below — this is the mess I expected last time. I love Neil Finn, the brains behind the outfit who started way back with Split Enz, but this is a bunch of meanderings with barely a whiff of the pop hooks that Crowded House was so beloved for. Too many songs plod along (“Amsterdam,” “Isolation,” “Elephants”); approximations of pop emerge here and there (“Saturday Sun,” “Twice If You’re Lucky”), but overall, this House is crumbling.

DOWNLOAD: “Twice If You’re Lucky”

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