Intriguer

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Intriguer
Studio album by Crowded House
Released 11 June 2010
Recorded Roundhead Studios, Auckland
RAK Studios, London
Real World Studios, Wiltshire
2009–2010
Genre Rock, pop rock, alternative rock
Length 40:19
Label ATO, Mercury
Producer Jim Scott
Crowded House chronology
Time on Earth
(2007)
Intriguer
(2010)
The Very Very Best of Crowded House
(2010)
Singles from Intriguer
  1. "Saturday Sun"
    Released:

Intriguer is the sixth studio album by alternative rock group Crowded House, released on 13 June 2010. It is the band's followup to the group's 2007 reunion album Time on Earth, and the first to feature all four current band members, including multi-instrumentalist Mark Hart and drummer Matt Sherrod, on all tracks. The first single for the album, "Saturday Sun", was released to radio and the video clip released to the internet in April 2010.

Album history[edit]

Following the release of Crowded House's reunion album Time on Earth in 2007, Neil Finn announced that the band would re-enter the studio to record a follow-up album which would feature the current lineup, consisting of Finn on vocals, guitars and piano, fellow founding member Nick Seymour on bass guitar, Mark Hart on guitars and keyboards, and then-newcomer Matt Sherrod on drums. The band performed a small concert in The Leigh Sawmill, north of Auckland, in February 2008 and featured a few songs which were later to be recorded by the band for the next album.

In 2009, the band re-entered the studio and recorded demo tracks of 11 songs, some of which Finn had written during the tour around the previous album. For these recordings, the group enlisted producer Jim Scott for the first time, who then continued to produce the whole album in Finn's studio, Roundhead Studios in Auckland, New Zealand.

The band hired various guest musicians throughout the recording process, including multi-instrumentalist Don McGlashan, Lisa Germano on violin, Jon Brion on vocals and guitars, James Milne on additional vocals, and Finn's wife Sharon and son, Liam Finn contribute backing vocals and guitars, respectively.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
BBC positive [3]
Billboard.com positive [4]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [5]
LA Times 3/4 stars [6]
Mojo 4/5 stars [7]
musicOMH 4/5 stars [8]
Popdose positive [9]
Q 3/5 stars [7]
Rave magazine 4/5 stars [10]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars [9]
The Times 5/5 stars [11]
Uncut 3/5 stars[12]
Zeitgeisty Report 8.5/10 stars [13]

The album was very well received by professional critics and the public. On Metascore it reached 75/100, as generally favourable album and 9.3 out of 10 from listeners. Most enthusiastic was The Times which pointed that "it goes shoulder to shoulder with their best materials" and gave it 5 stars. Also very positive was Billboard which found that "Finn's durable songcraft never fails to enthrall." BBC was also very positive with statement "Crowded House have always sounded in parts like the later solo career Paul McCartney should have had. Despite the anthems being on a tight leash, repeated listens reveal this to be one of their best albums." Entertainment Weekly gave it B+ saying that "the House head honcho proved he was still a classy, clever tunesmith, and does so again here on Intriguer." Mojo, Allmusic Guide, and musicOMH gave it 4 stars with many praises such as "Intriguer will have to stand or fall on its own merits. If there is any justice in the world it will be a bestseller."

Allmusic Guide put Intriguer in its annual list of best rock albums in 2010. Intriguer was on many lists of best albums in 2010 of various music magazines and sites including Popdose, "Popblerd", "Qromag", "Blurt-online", and others. In "Popmatters" which gave 7 out of 10 stars at first, Intriguer finished on "slipped discs" of 2010, great albums which didn't make top 70 of the year.

Among mixed critics was Q Magazine, which gave 3 stars and stated that "who could've predicted, then, that Intriguer would be his best work in nearly two decades?" Uncut also gave 3 stars, saying that the album "suffers slightly from Crowded House's signature weakness: a tendency to retreat into tastefulness." Ally Carnwath from The Guardian also gave it 3 stars, saying "the trouble with the album's more conventionally crafted pop songs is that they invariably sound dull."

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak position
Australia 1
New Zealand 3
United Kingdom 12
Ireland 17
United States 50
Netherlands 31
Norway 32
Spain 98
Belgium 10

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Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Neil Finn, except where noted.

  1. "Saturday Sun" – 3:26
  2. "Archer's Arrows" – 4:04
  3. "Amsterdam" – 3:34
  4. "Either Side of the World" – 4:35
  5. "Falling Dove" – 4:35
  6. "Isolation" (Finn, Nick Seymour, Mark Hart, Matt Sherrod) – 4:37
  7. "Twice If You're Lucky" – 3:33
  8. "Inside Out" – 3:19
  9. "Even If" – 4:02
  10. "Elephants" – 4:30
  11. "Eyes Grow Heavy" (Getmusic Bonus Track)
  12. "Turn It Around" (iTunes Bonus Track)

Bonus DVD (deluxe edition)[edit]

  1. "Either Side of the World" (Upstairs at Home)
  2. "Amsterdam" (Upstairs at Home)
  3. "Saturday Sun" (Upstairs at Home)
  4. "Twice If You're Lucky" (Upstairs at Home)
  5. "Elephants" (Upstairs at Home)
  6. "Falling Dove" (Upstairs at Home)
  7. "Isolation" (Upstairs at Home)
  8. "Archer's Arrows" (Upstairs at Home)
  9. "Either Side of the World" (Live at the Auckland Town Hall)
  10. "Isolation" (Live at the Auckland Town Hall)
  11. "Saturday Sun" (Official Video)

– USA/Canada issue substitutes "Don't Dream It's Over" for "Isolation"

Personnel[edit]

Crowded House[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Don McGlashan: mandolin, tambourine, acoustic and electric guitar and euphonium
  • Sharon Finn: vocals
  • Liam Finn: electric guitar on Isolation
  • Lisa Germano: violin on Archer's Arrows and Even If
  • Jon Brion: guitar and vocals on Twice If You're Lucky
  • Jim Scott: low piano, tambourine, shaker, sleighbell
  • Michael McClintock: violin on Even If
  • Greg Leisz: pedal steel on Elephants

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neil Finn. "The Crowded House Story". Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Stephen (2010-06-14). "AllMusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Music - Review of Crowded House - Intriguer". BBC. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Crowded House, "Intriguer"". Billboard.com. 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  5. ^ Clark Collis (2010-06-30). "Intriguer Review | Music Reviews and News". EW.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  6. ^ "Album review: Crowded House's 'Intriguer' - latimes.com". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  7. ^ a b "Intriguer reviews at Metacritic.com". Metacritic.com. Archived from the original on 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  8. ^ "Crowded House - Intriguer | album reviews". musicOMH. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  9. ^ a b "Crowded House - Intriguer (album review)". Sputnikmusic. 2010-07-11. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  10. ^ "Brisbane Street Press - CROWDED HOUSE – Intriguer". Rave Magazine. 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  11. ^ "The Times | UK News, World News and Opinion". Entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  12. ^ Andrew Mueller Uncut, July 2010, Issue 158.
  13. ^ "ALBUM REVIEW: "Intriguer" by Crowded House". The Zeitgeisty Report. 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  14. ^ "Crowded House - Intriguer - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-08-10.