Crowded House (Crowded House)

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The Album

Crowded House (Crowded House), the eponymous debut album, released in 1986, remains a timeless masterpiece that firmly established the band as one of the most promising and talented acts of the era. Led by the gifted singer-songwriter Neil Finn, Crowded House seamlessly blended poignant lyrics, infectious melodies, and exquisite musicianship to create an album that captivated audiences around the world.

The album opens with the iconic track “Mean to Me,” instantly grabbing the listener’s attention with its jangly guitars and Finn’s warm, inviting vocals. From there, the album takes us on a musical journey that effortlessly weaves through various genres, showcasing the band’s versatility and songwriting prowess.

Tracks like “World Where You Live” and “Now We’re Getting Somewhere” reveal the band’s knack for crafting melodic pop-rock gems. The infectious hooks, combined with Finn’s introspective lyrics, create a captivating blend of melancholy and hope. These songs perfectly exemplify the album’s ability to strike a delicate balance between introspection and universal relatability.

One of the standout tracks on the album is the hauntingly beautiful “Don’t Dream It’s Over.” This melancholic ballad, featuring Finn’s evocative vocals and heartfelt lyrics, has become an enduring classic. Its introspective nature and themes of perseverance and unity struck a chord with listeners worldwide, making it a timeless anthem that continues to resonate with audiences even decades later.

As the album progresses, Crowded House showcases its ability to infuse upbeat and catchy melodies with thought-provoking lyrics. Tracks like “Something So Strong” and “World Where You Live” embody this fusion, creating a delightful juxtaposition of sound and substance. These songs showcase the band’s talent for crafting infectious pop hooks while still maintaining a sense of emotional depth.

The production on the album is pristine, thanks to the collaboration between the band and legendary producer Mitchell Froom. Froom’s expertise brings out the best in the band’s performances, highlighting the intricate guitar work, layered harmonies, and the overall sonic richness of the album.

Conclusion

Crowded House’s debut album is a cohesive and meticulously crafted collection of songs that showcases the band’s songwriting brilliance. Neil Finn’s evocative and introspective lyrics, combined with the band’s impeccable musicianship and infectious melodies, make this album an absolute joy to listen to from start to finish.

Even after all these years, Crowded House’s self-titled debut remains a testament to the band’s enduring appeal. It serves as a reminder of a time when genuine songcraft and heartfelt performances could capture the hearts of listeners worldwide. This album is a must-listen for anyone who appreciates timeless, well-crafted music that resonates on both an emotional and artistic level.

Track Listing

  1. Mean To Me
  2. World Where You Live
  3. Now Wer’e Getting Somewhere
  4. Don’t Dream It’s Over
  5. Love You ‘Til the Day I Die
  6. Something So Strong
  7. Hole in the River
  8. Can’t Carry On
  9. I Walk Away
  10. Tombstone
  11. That’s What I Call Love

Don’t Dream It’s Over

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Lyrics

There is freedom within
There is freedom without
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
There’s a battle ahead
Many battles are lost
But you’ll never see the end of the road
While you’re traveling with me

Hey now, hey now
Don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won’t win

Now I’m towing my car
There’s a hole in the roof
My possessions are causing me suspicion
But there’s no proof
In the paper today
Tales of war and of waste
But you turn right over to the TV page

Hey now, hey now
Don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won’t win

Now I’m walking again
To the beat of a drum
And I’m counting the steps to the door of your heart
Only shadows ahead
Barely clearing the roof
Get to know the feeling of liberation and release

Hey now, hey now
Don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
You know they won’t win

Don’t let them win (Hey now, hey now)
Hey now, hey now
Hey now, hey now
Don’t let them win (They come, they come)
Don’t let them win (Hey now, hey now), yeah
Hey now, hey now

Reference

Crowded House (album) – Wikipedia