Following the success of Crowded House
's debut and the band's grueling promotion schedule, Neil Finn
was clearly showing signs that he was no longer happy being New Zealand's zany ambassador to the U.S. While the material on Temple of Low Men
demonstrates great leaps in quality over its predecessor, it is a darkly difficult album, especially for those expecting Crowded House
, Pt. 2
-- in short, there are no immediately accessible singles. Instead, Finn
digs into the depths of his emotional psyche with obsessive detail, crafting a set of intense, personal songs that range from the all-too-intimate look at infidelity of "Into Temptation" to the raucous exorcism of "Kill Eye." Through all of this introspective soul-searching, Finn
reveals most of all his true mastery of melody.