Intriguer (Fantasy/Concord Music Group)
The 40-minute album may be short on hits; fuzzy leadoff single “Saturday
Sun” is marred by distracting production effects, and only “Amsterdam” and
“Twice If You’re Lucky” recall past glories. But the depth of material, from
the delicate melodies of “Archer’s Arrows” to the samba rhythms of “Either Side
of the World,” fulfills the promise of Intriguer’s title as Finn remains
an underrated songwriter.
“Isolation,” featuring the ethereal voice of Finn’s wife, Sharon,
culminates with a scorching tremolo guitar solo from his son, Liam, as Finn
delivers almost-screamed vocals. It’s unexpected, and more such developments would
have made Intriguer even more intriguing.
Crowded House will perform at the Pabst Theater on Sept. 7.