Crowded House : Woodface : 1991
1991 was the year I got married, it was the year I also bought this album.
I confess I had never heard a note that Crowded House had played before I purchased this: on the strength of a review in a music magazine.
I transferred it to tape & played it non stop in my car for weeks. I was hooked & when they were booked to appear live in a nearby city, I had to be there. I was not disappointed & so began a love affair with Crowded House that led to me seeing them live everywhere from Bradford City hall to the Olympia in Paris.
The difference between this album & their previous two was the injection of Tim Finn, Neil Finn’s older brother. The two of them collaborated on the majority of songs & their hair raising harmonies contribute to all of them, invoking memories of Lennon & McCartney as well as,from an earlier era The Everly Brothers.
Stand outs for me are Weather with you, There goes God, It’s only natural, Fall at your feet & Whispers & moans. That is not to say that the remaining tracks are poor, most bands would love to have the scraps from the Finn’s table.
Little did I know that 7 years after purchasing this I would be living in the same city as Neil & Tim Finn, unfortunately I am still waiting for their talent to rub off on me…Sigh..