Intriguer

Intriguer

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by Crowded House
     
 

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With the heavy lifting of the Crowded House reunion out of the way, Neil Finn is able to settle into comfortable craft on Intriguer, the band's sixth album. Intriguer isn't as self-consciously weighty as Time on Earth -- Finn is not tackling mortality in the wake of the death of his longtime

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With the heavy lifting of the Crowded House reunion out of the way, Neil Finn is able to settle into comfortable craft on Intriguer, the band's sixth album. Intriguer isn't as self-consciously weighty as Time on Earth -- Finn is not tackling mortality in the wake of the death of his longtime friend and bandmate Paul Hester -- but it's also not as hazy as Finn's pair of solo LPs. In tone and timbre, it's closest to the second Finn Brothers album, the ruminative Everyone Is Here, but it lacks the reflective undertow of that 2004 album; it may be subdued, but it's not reveling in its melancholy, it's riding a gentle wave, swaying from song to song. Sometimes the tempo gets slightly heated -- "Inside Out" works a nicely grinding guitar riff, "Saturday Sun" pulsates to an electronic rhythm -- but the album doesn't command attention so much as it teases it. This light touch suits Finn's songs; he's favoring subtle craftsmanship over immediate hooks, so it only fits that the mood of Intriguer is soothing, something that pays off great dividends upon close listens. It may not be flashy but it's sturdy and expertly honed, reflecting Finn's craftsmanship on a song-by-song basis but holding together better as an album than any Finn project in recent memory.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2010
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0888072322578
catalogNumber:
32257
Rank:
132772

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Crowded House   Primary Artist
Lisa Germano   Violin
Jon Brion   Guitar
Neil Finn   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Harmony,Optigan,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (Tremolo)
Sharon Finn   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Hart   Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Soloist,Marxophone,Harmony
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jim Scott   Piano,Tambourine,Shaker,sleigh bells
Nick Seymour   Bass,Strings,Background Vocals
Matt Sherrod   Drums
Liam Finn   Electric Guitar
Don McGlashan   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Euphonium,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Michael McClintock   Violin

Technical Credits

Jon Brion   Vocal Samples
Neil Finn   Composer,Producer
Jim Scott   Producer,Engineer
Nick Seymour   Cover Photo
Brian Crosby   Engineer
Sharon Chai   Booklet Design
Jordan Stone   Engineer
Sherrod   Composer
Kevin Dean   Engineer

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