Jonathan Bernstein
July 13, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

By the time you’ve made it through Time on Earth, Crowded House’s first full-length in 14 years, and reached the tune ”A Sigh,” your reaction will be, ”A sigh? Haven’t I just sat through something like 20 sighs?” Beatlesque melancholia permeates the record, with singer Neil Finn’s reflection on ”English Trees” (”Nothing’s sadder, I know, than the passing of time”) a typically lugubrious contribution. His melodic strengths haven’t deserted him since he last recorded with House, but now he’s writing songs to haunt you rather than win you over. B
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