If you remember the video for Crowded House's hit Something So Strong, in which the zany trio ham it up in a barn, smiling as they sing, you likely still think of these 80s Aussies (and one Kiwi) as nice guys and purveyors of lighthearted, expertly crafted radio pop.
Crowded House's first studio album in 14 years is a long way from that sunny barn in the Outback. It's actually startlingly dark, and understandably so - drummer Paul Hester took his own life only two years ago, and the tragedy definitely shades Neil Finn's songwriting on Time.
Don't Stop Now is an amiable pop cut reminiscent of CH's jubilant past, but tunes like English Trees ("In Regents Park I will mourn for you") or closer People Are Like Suns ("Doesn't stop me thinking aloud / I could've done something") make this reunion more mournful than joyous.
Crowded House play Massey Hall August 13.