Released: Jul 2010
Label: Fantasy Records
This time out, the reformed Crowded House balance Neil Finn's bittersweet songcraft and knack for McCartney-esque psychedelia with free-flowing band dynamics. Intriguer holds fewer psychic scars than Time on Earth, their first comeback album, but Finn's songs always hold shifting percentages of clear-eyed melancholy, lush romanticism and tart Kiwi humor. The "ready for FM radio" quotient is as high as ever, and the ballads "Either Side of the World" and "Isolation" are especially lovely.