Crowded House: Tim Finn (vocals, guitar); Neil Finn (vocals); Nick Seymour (bass); Paul Hester (drums).
"Beauty" is not a word often used to describe pop music. But in the case of Neil Finn and the Australian-based trio Crowded House, it is more than appropriate. On WOODFACE, the group is joined by Finn's brother, Split Enz-meister Tim Finn, for an album that's filled with intelligence, grace, and humor, not to mention absolutely breathtaking vocal harmonies. There is a depth and texture to the songwriting and performance in the songs of Crowded House, which is just not found in most popular music.
The CD opens with "Chocolate Cake," a track that categorized Americans as fat and greedy and didn't exactly earn the band a top spot on U.S. airplay lists. The disc moves to the stunning "Its Only Natural" and "Fall at Your Feet." Just listen to "Weather With You" to find out how perfect pop music can be--it's a track that manages the difficult task of never devolving into sentimentality or inanity. The stirring surrender of "Four Seasons in One Day" further demonstrates Neil Finn's ability to transform his deepest, most disturbed emotions into great songs.
What the critics say...
Rolling Stone (8/91) - Highly Recommended - "...Woodface has the big melodies and bold performances you want..."
Entertainment Weekly (7/12/91) - "...Neil Finn continues to prove himself one of the canniest and most gifted melodists around..." - Rating: B+
Q (12/99, p.70) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
New York Times (Publisher) (9/18/92, p.C24) - "...recalls Paul McCartney at his late-60's peak...the group offers dazzling harmonies, clever lyrics, crisp instrumentation and an ideal balance between sweetness, frolic and introspection..."
- Chocolate Cake
- It's Only Natural
- Fall At Your Feet
- Tall Trees
- Weather With You
- Whispers And Moans
- Four Seasons In One Day
- There Goes God
- Fame Is
- All I Ask
- As Sure As I Am
- Italian Plastic
- She Goes On
- How Will You Go
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Comments: Australian issue. Some very faint marks to disc not effecting play. The front insert shows light signs of handling,
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