As one of the most beloved bands in Australian music history, there’s a bit of reverence at play when an act like Crowded House not only release a new album, but their first album in over a decade.
Undoubtedly, expectations are placed high, and questions about whether – more than 35 years since their inception – the ARIA Hall of Famers can still serve up those classic songs. However, Dreamers Are Waiting proves that a Crowded House song is timeless, and even with a desire from Neil Finn to find a “fresh and authentic way to re-approach” the group’s recording process, there’s a certain undeniable spark in every track that lifts it to a higher plane.
A product of 2020, the record found itself completed in isolation, though it feels as communal and welcoming as any Crowded House album ever could.
The sweet melodies, the familiar voice of Finn, and timeless qualities of singles like “Whatever You Want” and “To the Island” see Dreamers Are Waiting not serving as just a “comeback album”, but the continuation of one of the country’s most celebrated musical careers.
Crowded House’s Dreamers Are Waiting is out now.
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