'Intriguer,' Crowded House

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

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Crowded House

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.

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Ted S. McGregor Jr.

Ted S. McGregor, Jr. grew up in Spokane and attended Gonzaga Prep high school and the University of the Washington. While studying for his Master's in journalism at the University of Missouri, he completed a professional project on starting a weekly newspaper in Spokane. In 1993, he turned that project into reality...