I agree with your assessments of Intriguer & Time on Earth, but I think Woodface is magnificent. I enjoy Tim & Neil separately, but they're both better together. The first 2 CH albums were uneven, but Woodface is consistently strong; only Together Alone rivals it for the number & quality of great songs. Temple of Low Men was brilliant but a bit too brooding, & I think Woodface's brighter tone struck some as a reversion to lightweight material, but the songcraft on Woodface is subtly formidable (brooding sentimentality is actually far easier to achieve than fun, compelling pop bounce, easier to write obscure lyrics than clear ones). "Fall at Your Feet," "Weather with You," "It's Only Natural," "Four Seasons"--all sublime. "She Goes On" slays me every time. Paul finally gets to shine on "Italian Plastic." Even the weakest tracks--"Chocolate Cake," "There Goes God," "All I Ask"--are pretty good. I loved the 2 Finn Brothers albums, too, & look forward to the next.

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