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Dizzy Heights

9 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 7 Feb. 2014
  • Release Date: 9 Feb. 2014
  • Label: Lester Records Ltd
  • Copyright: 2013 Lester Records Ltd
  • Total Length: 46:54
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  • ASIN: B00I5NDCU4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,256 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Breadman on 25 Feb. 2014
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It's with a heavy heart that I say that this is the least enjoyable 'mainstream' album Neil has released in 30 years. I was bouyed by the 4-star reviews (on Neil's website) that professional reviewers have given this album across the world. That says more about professional music critics, who would rather have a chin-stroking album than something, er, commercial. You can have both anyway ; to me TOGETHER ALONE is one of the best albums EVER made - tuneful, soulful and deep. Overall, it (and WOODFACE) were memorable. This album is not. It might be meaningful - but the reason I listen to Neil Finn music is because there is a tune. Sadly half of this album is devoid of a tune. As I say, I'm rather devastated that the album is so average. It's not all bad - there are 4 songs here that could have gone on any Crowded House album - but as for the other 7 - they are really B-side-ish. I shall still be seeing Neil live soon (7th time) - but secretly hope that he only plays 4 or 5 songs from this album, and sticks to his 88 - 08 heyday.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark Bradley on 12 Feb. 2014
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OK, so I'm the first on here with five stars. Here's why.

Like those people who got to see that other Neil play all of his 'hits' at the Carnegie Hall the other week, there's a longing for the magic moments that started the relationship, whether it be Old Man, Harvest or Southern Man or, in this Neil's case, I Got You, Don't Dream it's Over or Fall at Your Feet. Every new album is often laid side by side with the 'favourite' and conclusions - usually underwhelming ones - rapidly reached. I can see that syndrome in some of the other reviews on here.

I didn't like Try Whistling this, but was blown away by One Nil and eager to see whether Dave Fridmann would be to this album, what Youth was to the outstanding Together Alone. Have only listened twice through so far and the impressions are very positive. Unlike the other reviewer I loved Divebomber and it hasn't left my playlist since. To be fair, there isn't anything like Divebomber on Dizzy Heights, but I'd argue there isn't anything like Divebomber anywhere at all. What there is, is that familiar minor-chord beauty to the melodies, which often takes some time to reveal itself (White Lies and Alibis being a great example), combined with some more 'obvious' tunes, such as Recluse and some more soulful, beat-driven tracks like Dizzy Heights itself and Flying in the Face of Love.

There are elements of the album which reflect Peter Gabriel's drum-heavy, eastern-tinged orchestral stuff (bits of the afore mentioned White Lies and Alibis recall Signal to Noise) and also some that strip everything back in favour of a fragile voice (Lights of New York). But there is much to love here, much to let get under your skin. It's a brave step forward, an unexpected approach and, in my view at least, a triumph. Now if I only had the cash to see him at Gateshead ...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ski_man on 2 May 2014
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Having loved pretty much every album Neil Finn has been involved in, this is the first one that left me feeling rather "ho-hum" about it on early listenings. Its not the quality of the song-writing or the quality of the music or the production - which are all top notch. It just all sounds a little too ethereal and uneventful. It seems to have the production values of a Sade album - silky smooth, but ultimately boring.

So, it was with some trepidation that I went to see him live last week. And, boy, I couldn't believe how good the songs of this album sounded live. They were astoundingly better. The drums, live, were strong and driving - unlike the rather tasteful, but subdued ones on the album. In particular "White Lies and Alibies" was altogether more involving, varied and powerful. "Divebomber" is clearly a track that folk either love or hate. I love it - it was the only track that I did love before I went to his gig. And it works surprisingly well live. Ok, he didn't play all the songs of this album, but the 4 or 5 that he did were among the highlights of the gig for me and my partner. The melodies and light and shade in each of those songs was magnified ten times.

Now, when I listen to the album, I can hear the details and variation in the songs much better. And I find that most of Neil's songs sound better live than on the original album. Neil himself has said that the recording process is the wrong way round. ie. that recording them first then playing live and evolving them would produce better albums if he could tour the songs first. I just hope that at some stage Neil does a live album of his solo stuff.

I suspect this is an album that sounds much better on hi-end audio equipment with headphones or a quiet room (which I haven't had chance to do). It certainly doesn't work particularly well in the car, or played at low volumes.
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'Dizzy Heights' is very definitely a 'grower'. On first listen I found the album hard to love and apart from recognising the riff from 'The King Of Rock' N' Roll' by Prefab Sprout as the backing behind the jaunty 'Flying In The Face Of Love' failed to really get into any of the tracks...

Opening with the strange, layered but muddling 'Impressions' did not help and while the brighter, more poppy title track and aforementioned 'Flying In The Face Of Love' are easier to follow the fourth track, 'Divebomber' is another deviant child that is hard to love. This theme of perpetually overturning his own applecart is a recurring problem on this record and unless you give the album a few spins 'Dizzy Heights' is likely to only get one play before being discarded by most.

Another hugely irritating side to proceedings is the way in which on some songs Neil's vocals almost disappear behind a wall of instruments. I get the 'artyness' of it sometimes but on songs like 'White Lies And Alibis' it really gets in the way. For Split Enz fans, "In My Blood' is quirky and brings back happy memories of the 80's and 'Recluse' is another quirky song with meaningful (and very true) lyrics. Both 'pop out' from behind the settee at you on second listen making you wonder why you didn't care for them first time?

Sadly, the album ends on the pretty dire 'Lights Of New York'. A funereal dirge, Neil's voice is not at all suited to what he tries (unsuccessfully!) to do with it on this occasion and thus the album ends on a low point...

Overall, I would say that 'Dizzy Heights' has the potential to weave its way into your affection but only after a few spins. The question is will you dedicate that much time and effort into allowing it to?

7 out of 10.
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