Album Reviews of the 80s

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Crowded House, "Temple of Low Men" / 1988 Review by: Daniel Arkin
Although doomed by the release of somber lead single "Better Be Home Soon," this album is actually Crowded House's best work. Eschewing the bright pop of their debut, TOLM is a moody collection, reflective of fame, temptation & doubt. Whereas in lesser hands this might lead to self-indulgent, whining bathos, Neil Finn's songwriting is of such strong caliber that he rivals XTC as godhead of intelligent '80s pop. Alternately spooky ("I Feel Possessed"), dense ("In The Lowlands") & triumphant ("When You Come"; "Never Be The Same"), TOLM is a moving, underrated body of work.

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