Release Date: Jul 10, 2007
Record label: ATO
So, the very fact that Crowded House re-formed made sense, but the resulting 2007 album Time on Earth feels considerably different than the band's first four, often betraying its origins as a Neil Finn solo album. To begin with, it's streamlined where their previous albums were ragged, and the most notable element that's been trimmed is the humor that ran throughout each of their albums. This curtailing of good spirits is an appropriate, even expected, reaction to Hester's death, and his ghost does linger over the whole of Time on Earth, beginning with its very title and carrying through to Seymour's artwork, but most apparent in the subdued, contemplative tone of the album.