Thursday, June 21, 2012

Crowded House - "Better Be Home Soon"

Better Be Home Soon - Temple of Low Men

(Debuted July 9, 1988, Peaked #42, 11 Weeks on the Chart)

When Crowded House recorded the followup LP to their successful self-titled debut, chief songwriter Neil Finn dug a little deeper into his emotions and his moodiness. Unfortunately, he kept that feeling in the songs rather than glossing them over with the catchy hooks he used on that first album, as well as his earlier material with the band Split Enz. As a result, the material fared moderately well in the U.S. and U.K. even as it hit big in their native Australia and New Zealand.

The first single taken from Temple of Low Men was the record's finale, "Better Be Home Soon." Since moody reflection rarely results in commercial success at a time when pop and dance songs are the vogue, it fell short of the Top 40 and would be the only Hot 100 listing from the album. That said, it's definitely worth a listen if you're not familiar with it.

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