When most bands reunite after a long absence, they reunite and then implode yet again. Thankfully, with Crowded House, that is not the case. My favorite New Zealanders (now with one black guy who looks like this guy I used to work with named Chris) reappeared in 2007 after an absence of nearly fifteen years. While the resulting album, “Time on Earth” wasn’t the equal of past efforts, it was a solid album, and I was fortunate enough to see them in concert that summer. I realize I say this a lot, but it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. Hearing “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, a song with very special personal significance for me, sung live mitigated the embarrassment I felt at having tears streaming down my face during the song’s performance.

Anyhow, a Billboard article states that “Intriguer”, Crowded House’s sixth studio album, will be released this June-overseas. This worries me a little bit, since Crowded House does not yet have an American distributor and there have been a lot of albums that have had staggered domestic and international release dates lately. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait six months for “Intriguer” to be released like I did for the new Jamie Cullum album…or I would have had I not spent twenty bucks on the import.

Either way, Neil Finn and company have not let me down yet, so I’m sure “Intriguer” will be worth the wait-however long it takes to be released in the States.

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