While Crowded House’s comeback album Time On Earth seemed weighed down by the death of the band’s original drummer Paul Hester, their latest, Intriguer, seeks to redress the balance between levity and melancholy.

They’ve certainly expanded their sonic palette since then: Amsterdam and Isolation sound like they have picked up some glitchy interference from Radiohead’s OK Computer; Either Side Of The World is infused with a carefree Harry Nilsson Everybody’s Talking At Me quality and soaring, scintillating Saturday Sun is the most Crowdies-in-their-heyday song on here.

Crowded House haven’t fully recaptured the magic of their glory days but Intriguer still has some wonderful moments.


Review: Alison Grinter