Crowded House Albums Ranked

Crowded House is a rock band, formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1985. Its founding members were New Zealander Neil Finn (vocalist, guitarist, primary songwriter) and Australians Paul Hester (drums) and Nick Seymour (bass). Later band members included Neil Finn’s brother, Tim Finn, and Americans Mark Hart and Matt Sherrod. Neil Finn and Seymour have been the sole constant members of the group since its formation. After several years of inactivity, it was announced a revised line-up of Crowded House would tour the UK in 2020. The new line-up features Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, Mitchell Froom, and Finn’s sons Liam and Elroy. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the band’s planned 2020 concerts have had to be rescheduled to 2021. Here are all of Crowded House albums ranked.

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8. Time On Earth (2007)

“The mood then turns a bit melancholy with ‘Heaven that I’m making, and the trend deepens with ‘A Sigh’. In reviewing his life, Neil find plenty of dark spots, and I would agree that Paul Hester’s death haunts him. There are four rather dark songs in a row, all thoughtful, well performed, often pretty. But they are not why we love Crowded House. Things pick up again on track 11, and the overall impression is optimistic.”

7. Intriguer (2010)

“This album is perfection, especially the deluxe edition with the DVD of live performances. I believe it’s a great bookend to the band’s debut album and shows the growth of the band as songwriters. For some reason it’s disappeared off streaming platforms here in the U.S. but I ripped this CD and uploaded it to my phone and since then I’ve listened to it often. Pure love for this album.”

6. Farewell To The World (2006)

“Neil’s singing is as good as ever, and you definitely feel that you’re there with rock and roll’s greatest audience listening to what are collectively some of the best songs ever written. The beauty of a live Crowded House show is not only in the world’s most beautiful instrument, Neil Finn’s voice, but it’s just as much in the audience participation in singing along to very cool tunes.”

5. Recurring Dream (1996)

“Crowded House is poetic, soulful music. The music and lyrics crafted by Neil Finn are, to me, timeless and beautiful. Whenever a Neil Finn song shuffles through my iTunes playlist, it is just as “new” to me as the first time that I heard it. Yes, I wax poetic about Neil Finn, but I love his voice and his songs. I was fortunate (and determined) to see them perform in concert many times.”

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4. Temple Of Low Men (1988)

“The whims of the pop world and the fickle nature of the record industry have buried many a fine album, but none of those lost gems has been as deserving of mass success as Crowded House’s “Temple of Low Men”. An assured and thoughtful follow-up to their poppier debut, “Temple” is, quite simply, the best album of the band’s rather troubled history (if you can find it, read “Something So Strong” by Chris Bourke to get a glimpse into their tumultuous career) and one of the best pop records ever.”

3. Crowded House (1986)

“It’s hardly a fair comparison to call Crowded House’s first album a “debut” when band members have already had success in other bands. However, there are still not many cases like that where a new band’s debut album is such an incredible achievement. Crowded House is one of many great bands who have come and gone without ever reaching mass appeal in the U.S. It’s a shame, too, because these guys are amazing songwriters. This album sounds as fresh and vibrant today as it did almost 20 years ago when it came out. There is literally not one weak track on this album.”

2. Together Alone (1993)

“‘Together Alone’ released in 1993 is their best album. Sure, their album before – ‘Woodface’ is good too, but I believe this album is better produced and filled with properly formed songs throughout. Atmospheric melodic pop, darker and more somber then earlier recordings with much more consistency.”

1. Woodface (1991)

“An underrated classic. The songwriting on this album is astonishing. “She Goes On” is one of the most beautifully atmospheric songs ever written – it transports me back to another time and place whenever I listen to it and would appear in my Top 10 tracks of all time.”