'I'll Be Lightning' is a cracking solo debut from Betchadupa's Liam Finn, and in many ways a natural successor to his father Neil's solo albums, (although I couldn't imagine Neil Finn singing 'Girl you seem so nice, but I'll be gone by morning').
In his own right though, Liam is a stunning artist, with a rich meaningful voice, and memorable lyrics ('You're a dab hand at a million things, but you know what you're good for'), aswell as the ability to play any instrument he sees. It all adds up to a varied and well paced album which covers every aspect of modern independent music. There's the stormy, bassy 'Better To Be', the folksy 'Fire In Your Belly', and the chaotic 'Lead Balloon' (which reminds me of 'Locked Out').
Outstanding tracks worth a listen before deciding if you like the album are: 'Better To Be', 'Second Chance', and 'Wide Awake On The Voyage Home' - a brilliant downbeat song about realising that you're falling in love 'I don't know what to do, as by myself I lie awake. Tell me love isn't true - that it's just a trick to procreate'.
It's hard to find a weak link on the album, although lullaby does send me to sleep. The rest of the album though is enough to keep anyone interested, and at this rate, people will soon forget who Liam's father was and treat him, as he well deserves, as his own prodigious talent.